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Theories of video activism and fascism
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8866-0972
2017 (English)In: TOTalitarian ARTs: the Visual Arts, Fascism(s) and Mass-society / [ed] M. Epstein, F. Orsitto and A. Righi, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017, 1, 408-425 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter draws on three different, yet not exclusive, perspectives in order to assess the production, content and distribution strategies of far right-wing video activism on YouTube. First, by drawing on Ahmed’s (2004) theory on affective economies, and the notion that contemporary societies have turned to “culture” (e.g. Kundnani 2012a; Yilmaz 2012), the chapter argues that neo-fascist video activism could be understood as a cultural politics of emotions. Second, this essay discusses how this concoction of violence and masculinity constitutes a particular form of fascist bio-politics. This section taps into some of the ideals of historical fascism (and its historic aesthetics), as well as the sociological aspects of contemporary masculine identity in neo-fascist movements. Thus, this section argues that video activism could be understood as an articulation of masculine bio-politics. Finally, the chapter turns to Benjamin’s (1930/1979) theory of fascism and the aestheticisation of politics, in order to understand how emotions, violence and masculinity are performed in the visual representations of far right-wing activists and practices. 

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Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017, 1. 408-425 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-55382ISBN: 978-1-4438-2874-1 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-55382DiVA: diva2:1071867
Available from: 2017-02-06 Created: 2017-02-06 Last updated: 2017-02-06Bibliographically approved

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