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Resentment? Revolt ! Rupture of communication, rupture of experience, and the perfect breeding of welfare chauvinism in the epicentre of the German radical right: Report on field research in the Sächsische Schweiz-Osterzgebirge

Abstract : 1st lines: In my PhD thesis, I am interested in the sociology of the electorates of populist-radical-right (PRR) parties in continental Europe. As a part of the EUROGLOB project, I am conducting four weeks of qualitative field research in which I am interviewing “local-level experts” (party activists, in particular campaigners, unionists, etc.) about the German PRR-party AfD’s electorate in the two electoral circumscriptions where the party has yielded its highest results in the September 2017 national parliamentary elections in the country’s post-socialist East respectively the West. These are the district of Sächsische Schweiz-Osterzgebirge in Sachsen, East Germany, and the city of Gelsenkirchen in the Ruhrgebiet, West Germany. I have defined a specific social group – people who switch their vote between left-wing parties (major left SPD, radical left DIE LINKE) and the AfD – and two specific political issues of interest – “social justice” and “globalisation”. It is the way in which questions relating to these issues are narratively framed by the PRR’s voters that is interesting to me (rather than simple pro/contra positions).
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Paulus Wagner. Resentment? Revolt ! Rupture of communication, rupture of experience, and the perfect breeding of welfare chauvinism in the epicentre of the German radical right: Report on field research in the Sächsische Schweiz-Osterzgebirge. 2018. ⟨hal-02186721⟩

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