Volker M. Heins, Christine Unrau
Heins, V. / Unrau C. (2019): Anti-immigrant movements and the
self-poisoning of the civil sphere: the case of Germany, in: Jeffrey C.
Alexander, Trevor Stack, Farhad Khosrokhavar (eds.) Breaching the Civil
Order: Radicalism and the Civil Sphere. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge
University Press, pp. 145-169.
Heins, V. / Unrau C. (2019. Anti-immigrant movements and the self-poisoning of the civil sphere: the case of Germany, Jeffrey C. Alexander, Trevor Stack, Farhad Khosrokhavar (eds.), Breaching the Civil Order: Radicalism and the Civil Sphere. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 145–169.
It is not only a paradox but something of an intellectual scandal that, in an era so shaken by radical actions and ideologies, social science has had nothing theoretically new to say about radicalism since the middle of the last century. Breaching the Civil Order fills this void. It argues that, rather than seeing radicalism in substantive terms - as violent or militant, communist or fascist - radicalism should be seen more broadly as any organized effort to breach the civil order. The theory is brilliantly made flesh in a series of case studies by leading European and American social scientists, from the destruction of property in the London race riots to the public militancy of Black Lives Matter in the US, the performative violence of the Irish IRA and the Mexican Zapatistas to the democratic upheavals of the Arab Spring, and from Islamic terrorism in France to Germany's right-wing populist Pegida.
- Develops and updates the theory of the civil sphere, proposed by Alexander in 2006
- Shows what is shared by otherwise widely disparate radical movements/actions/organizations
- Uses up-to-date empirical case studies from all over the world
Volker M. Heins and Christine Unrau are Research Group Leaders at the Centre for Global Cooperation Research.
Jeffrey C. Alexander delivered the 10th Käte Hamburger Lecture on 'The Crisis of Journalism reconsidered' (Dec 2014).