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date: 26 June 2022

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This chapter argues that the most compelling explanations for far right engagement are ones that show how structural and cultural elements work together to attract youth to far right political parties, organizations, movements, subcultures, and scenes. For example, it suggests that youth who experience structural conditions such as economic uncertainty are more vulnerable to far right parties’ and groups’ rhetoric in part because they find cultural elements such as the desire to belong and the desire to resist mainstream authority more appealing. Beginning by attempting to define “youth” and “radical right,” the chapter discusses various structural and cultural factors that help explain far right youth political engagement and voting behavior as well as their engagement in far right subcultural scenes. It concludes by highlighting scholarship on the ways structural and cultural factors mutually reinforce each other to strengthen the appeal of the far right, particularly for youth.

Keywords: radical right, young people, youth, political engagement, voting behavior, far right, right-wing movements, radicalism

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