Introducing ‘cultures of rejection’: an investigation of the conditions of acceptability of right-wing politics in Europe

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In this article Bodjadžijev and Opratko introduce the special issue on ‘Cultures of Rejection’. First, they describe the political and intellectual conjuncture in which the term ‘cultures of rejection’ was developed. Second, they introduce some core assumptions and methodological considerations informing the perspective that came to be associated with that term, and that eventually gave rise to original empirical research on the sociocultural conditions in which right-wing and authoritarian politics, movements and sentiments can thrive in contemporary Europe. In the third part, they introduce the common conceptual design and methodological approach of the research projects that follow, and their key findings in Serbia, Croatia, Austria, Germany and Sweden between 2019 and 2022.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPatterns of Prejudice
Issue number4-5
Pages (from-to)205-218
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 20.10.2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Research, authorship and/or publication of this article was supported by the VW-Foundation’s ‘Challenges for Europe’ Program, Grant Number 94 765.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2023 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

    Research areas

  • authoritarianism, cultures of rejection, migration, populism, racism
  • Sociology