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Apocalypse on the net

Extreme Threat and the Majority-Minority Relationship on the Romanian Internet

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Adela Fofiu

The apocalypse can bring upon the world either termination, either change. By exploring how emotions, ethnic or national belonging and digital technologies work together in constructing an apocalypticizing national self, this book offers a complex analysis of far rightist apocalyptic narratives. Content analysis performed on the blog of the New Right, a far rightist organization from Romania, unveils a fascinating imaginary of fear and hate toward otherness, of strong beliefs that the world, our world, is ending through its transformation into something else – something that we know and, at the same time, do not know and loath. The social psychology of emotions, belonging and identity, the sociology of globalization and studies on cyberhate are intertwined into the exploration and interpretation of on-line apocalyptic narratives that imagine the Gypsification and Hungarization of Romania and the Islamization of Europe as irreversible change.

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I wish to thank my former supervisor, Professor Petru Iluţ from Babeş-Bolyai University, Romania, for his support and trust in my research project. His insights and challenging questions have transformed this research into a genuine life experience. I am profoundly grateful to Dr. Adi Kuntsman and Dr. Bridget Byrne from the University of Manchester, United Kingdom, for their valuable advice and their infinite patience in reading and reviewing all my work to this project. I am particularly grateful to Adi for encouraging me, at the right time, to submit this manuscript for publication. I am also indebted to Bridget for being by my side when I was away from home, in Manchester, and for creating within me that special feeling of belonging. Professor Nina Glick-Schiller and the Research Institute for Cosmopolitan Cultures have received my academic work and my intellectual ideas with much enthuziasm and support, for which I thank them. My gratitude goes also to my doctoral reviewers, Professors Vasile Dâncu, Sandu Frunză and Iustin Lupu. Their reviews and feedback constituted a milestone in the becoming of this book. I also thank Dr. Aris Mousoutzanis, Dr. László-Attila Hubbes, Dr. Terri Senft and all the great people I have met during this project, who have had excellent ideas and made a great difference in my approach to this research. I thank the editorial boards and the reviewers of 'Studia UBB Sociologia' and 'Europolis – Journal of Political Analysis and Theory' for receiving my work with great enthuziasm...

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