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International Perspectives on Youth Conflict and Development$
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Colette Daiute, Zeynep Beykont, Craig Higson-Smith, and Larry Nucci

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195178425

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195178425.001.0001

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Extremist Youth in Germany

Extremist Youth in Germany

The Role of History, Development, and Cohort Experience

(p.43) Chapter 2. Extremist Youth in Germany
International Perspectives on Youth Conflict and Development

Wolfgang Edelstein

Oxford University Press

This chapter offers insights into the psycho-social processes that orient right-wing culture among youth in post-unification Germany. It describes historical processes that affect political and economic structures, family patterns, and related cultural orientations, and which shape the psychological states, especially of disenfranchised fathers, and in turn their children. Focusing on contemporary interactions of family dynamics and adolescent identity formation, the chapter identifies “anomie” as a behavioral attitude that constitutes a right-wing rebellion against prevailing social, moral, and political norms. It explains the problems of modernization in Western social experiences that can cause great damage to young people and to the ongoing development of the society.

Keywords:   German youth, youth conflict, right-wing culture, family dynamics, adolescent identity, anomie, rebellion

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