Dissensus is a research group supported by Code on the Road for the sociological and anthropological study of the rise of right wing extremism in Athens, Greece.
To date, the sharp rise and popularity of xenophobic political formations has been studied mostly in terms of ideological analysis or electoral results. Dissensus, however, will focus on the role of institutions, such as educational institutions, the armed forces, the media, the Church and the discourse of the everyday people participating in these institutions.
Our current research project, “Socio-political transformations and hate rhetoric in Greece” seeks to produce a nuanced understanding of the processes which have led to the recent rise in hate rhetoric and a propensity for extreme discriminatory views.
For this purpose, our study uses a mixed methods approach: a combination of in-depth interviews, questionnaires, and focus groups.
Our methodological choices are shaped by our commitment to investigating people’s popular perceptions and interpretations of their social world and the complex motivations behind right wing extremism.
Understanding how people cope with economic adversity, cultural anxiety, fear of the unknown and structural inequalities by embracing reassuring yet destructive ideologies will allow us to formulate policies that build resilient, inclusive and democratic societies.
For further information on Dissensus please contact Dr Rosa Vasilaki at firstname.lastname@example.org