Dissensus is a research group supported by Code on the Road and dedicated to the study of the contemporary rise in right wing extremism in Athens from a sociological and anthropological perspective.
Our commitment in investigating people’s views and interpretations of the social world guides our methodological choices. To delve into popular perceptions and construe the complex motivations of right wing extremism, our study uses a mixed methods approach: a combination of in-depth interviews, questionnaires, and focus group.
Our current research project, “Socio-political transformations and hate rhetoric in Greece”, seeks to produce a nuanced understanding of the recent processes which have led to a rise of hate rhetoric and a propensity for extreme discriminatory views in recent years.
So far, the sharp and recent 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 or the Church and the discourse of the everyday people participating in these institutions.
Exploring how people make sense of economic adversity, cultural anxiety, fear of the unknown and new structural inequalities by embracing reassuring yet destructive and dangerous ideologies of hate will allow us to both understand these processes and formulate policies to build resilient, inclusive and democratic societies.
For further information on Dissensus please contact Dr Rosa Vasilaki at firstname.lastname@example.org