How Right-Wing Politics Are Made Acceptable in Europe Today

A video series released by the research project "Cultures of Rejection" (CuRe)

This video series introduces the research findings of the international research project “Cultures of Rejection”. Over the past 3 years, scholars from Serbia, Croatia, Austria, Germany and Sweden have investigated how the rejection of migration, democratic institutions, political actors, broadcast media and much more has become acceptable.

Our goal is to better understand the shift in everyday life towards polarization and radicalization that has occurred in recent years, and the successes of right-wing movements and parties in Europe. The research started out from the premise that “cultures of rejection” emerge as the result of crises in Europe’s democracies, as well as due to changes in national institutions and civil society. Each chapter of the video seeks to answer a different set of pressing questions, among others: How does racism figure into the interpretation of crises? In what ways does growing disillusionment with anything political figure into the current situation? Which new responses arose during the pandemic?

Video chapters:

(please click on the respective time stamp)

00:00 Whole video / Introduction
04:55 Part One: Racism is not a natural reaction
10:29 Part Two: Transformations at work and the rejection of Others
15:28 Part Three: Sheltering from society, online and offline
20:17 Part Four: Anti-Politics and distrust in democracy
25:02 Part Five: Conspirituality in the pandemic
28:54 Conclusion: Cultures of Rejection in Europe today

We are additionally releasing each chapter individually, starting in mid-March on our social media channels and website.

Visit our website: 

Follow us on Twitter: 

Video produced by Schuldenberg Films