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The far-right challenge to democracy


Jordan McSwiney

The far-right challenge to democracy

Project description

This project examines the varied manifestations of the far right across political parties, social movements, and online platforms in contemporary democracies. It explores the ways far-right groups organise, mobilise, and spread their supremacist ideas. The project aims to generate insights into the challenges the far-right poses to democracy in Australia and abroad, including violent extremism, the undermining of democratic institutions and processes like elections, and the perpetuation (and normalisation) of racism and white supremacy.


Project outputs

  1. McSwiney, J., & Sengul, K. (2023). Humour, ridicule, and the far right: Mainstreaming exclusion through online animation. Television and New Media. E-pub ahead of print.

  2. Jasser, G., McSwiney, J., Pertwee, E., & Zannettou, S. (2023). ‘Welcome to #GabFam’: Far-right virtual community on Gab. New Media & Society, 25(7), 1728–1745.

  3. Maher, H., Gunaydin, E., & McSwiney, J. (2022). Western civilizationism and white supremacy: The Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation. Patterns of Prejudice, 55(4), 309-330.

Public engagement (select list)

  1. Jenna Price: How do we stop misinformation spreading online? The Canberra Times. 2022, December 16.

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