Hate crimes. Misinformation and conspiracy theories. Foiled white-supremacist plots. The signs of growing far-right extremism are all around us, and communities across America and around the globe are struggling to understand how so many people are being radicalized and why they are increasingly attracted to violent movements. Hate in the Homeland shows how tomorrow’s far-right nationalists are being recruited in surprising places, from college campuses and mixed martial arts gyms to clothing stores, online gaming chat rooms, and YouTube cooking channels.
Instead of focusing on the how and why of far-right radicalization, Cynthia Miller-Idriss seeks answers in the physical and virtual spaces where hate is cultivated. Where does the far right do its recruiting? When do young people encounter extremist messaging in their everyday lives? Miller-Idriss shows how far-right groups are swelling their ranks and developing their cultural, intellectual, and financial capacities in a variety of mainstream settings. She demonstrates how young people on the margins of our communities are targeted in these settings, and how the path to radicalization is a nuanced process of moving in and out of far-right scenes throughout adolescence and adulthood.
Hate in the Homeland is essential for understanding the tactics and underlying ideas of modern far-right extremism. This eye-opening book takes readers into the mainstream places and spaces where today’s far right is engaging and ensnaring young people, and reveals innovative strategies we can use to combat extremist radicalization.
"In her disturbing book Hate in the Homeland: The New Global Far Right, Professor Cynthia Miller-Idriss argues convincingly that “innovative, flexible and youth-driven ideas” are vital in the battle to counter the online transnational recruiting of fascist zealots."—Martin Chilton, The Independent
"A timely book that calls for vigilance against extremism in hitherto unexpected corners, online and off."—Kirkus Reviews
"This is an incredible book . . . that I found impossible to put down. Miller-Idriss has put it together here; the actors, the methods, and the history."—Jason Stanley on Twitter
"In Hate in the Homeland Cynthia Miller-Idriss describes how ideas once limited to extremist circles, such as that of a 'demographic replacement'—whereby American citizens will be overrun—are now promoted by mainstream figures such as Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham of Fox News."—The Economist
"Miller-Idriss explains [how] the market for hate is thriving."—Eric Spitznagel, New York Post
"Hate in the Homeland locates the issue within a broader analytic context and opens avenues for scholars to develop more fulsome conceptualizations of radicalization and recruitment into far-right extremist ideologies."—Kelsey C. Boismier, Symbolic Interactions
"Hate in the Homeland is an important contribution to our understandings of the places and spaces in which young people encounter extremist messages. The author does an excellent job of guiding readers through what can be a tricky epistemological terrain, providing a comprehensive, accessible and thoughtful overview of what the far right is, what they believe and the places and spaces they inhabit. The book will undoubtedly prove very useful to scholars working in the field as well as readers unfamiliar with the topic."—Katherine Williams, London School of Economics Review of Books
"Hate in the Homeland is the best account I have read so far on how extensive the mainstreaming of the far right is."—Katrine Fangen, Norsk sosiologisk tidsskrift
"It is an important book for anyone trying to piece together what has been happening for the past few years and what can be done about it, because the far right is trending, and it sure shows no sign of withering away."—Axelle Germanaz, Amerikastudien
"From a foremost expert in the field, Hate in the Homeland is the most sweeping and persuasive account yet of the worldwide threat to democracy posed by the resurgent white power movement and other far-right activists. In examining the spaces and processes of radicalization, Miller-Idriss offers hope for real solutions. This book is required reading, especially for journalists, policymakers, and activists."—Kathleen Belew, author of Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America
"Hate in the Homeland is a profound, robust, and highly original work by one of the world's very top scholars of the far right. In this pathbreaking and important book, Cynthia Miller-Idriss explores critical, overlooked avenues for combatting the rise of far-right extremism across the globe."—Kathleen M. Blee, author of Women of the Klan: Racism and Gender in the 1920s
"Cynthia Miller-Idriss wants us to focus not only on the global movements that empower right-wing extremism but also on our daily experiences and interactions with extremists, as a way of understanding the danger we face. Most importantly, she uses this unique perspective to offer new ideas about how to counter the hate in our midst."—Tom Nichols, author of The Death of Expertise: The Campaign against Established Knowledge and Why It Matters
"An important contribution to our understanding of modern hate and how it spreads, this book is not just for experts who study extremist movements but for anyone who cares about how hate can penetrate the spaces all around us."—Oren Segal, Center on Extremism
"Highly original. Miller-Idriss argues that we must understand the mainstreaming of the far right in its specific spaces, in particular those spaces where youths will encounter the far right. She shows how the far right pushes boundaries and attracts youths, slowly but steadily radicalizing them and drawing them in further."—Cas Mudde, author of The Far Right Today
"Once again, Cynthia Miller-Idriss has shown her mastery of one of the most terrifying and growing social movements of our time. But this book does something much more important than just that, because Miller-Idriss also gives us solutions. Hate in the Homeland is a must-read for academics and also for practitioners working to stop the spread of hateful ideas among young people."—Heidi Beirich, cofounder, Global Project against Hate and Extremism