Ethical dilemmas when working with extreme right-winged youth cultures in Germany

Authored by: Stefan Borrmann

The Routledge Handbook of Social Work Ethics and Values

Print publication date:  June  2019
Online publication date:  May  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138343931
eBook ISBN: 9780429438813
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Extreme right-winged youth cultures are not a new phenomenon in Germany nor in the Western world in general. The roots of these groups have their origin in the White power skinhead movement, a result of a split of the skinhead and punk youth cultures at the end of the 1970s/beginning of the 1980s in England (Clarke, Hall, Jefferson, & Roberts, 1997). In Germany, these groups evolved in style, music, organizational forms, and localization in youth and subcultures, but they have always been a constant phenomenon. Currently, right-winged youth cultures are not solely part of the skinhead culture but can also be found as subgroups in the gothic, metal, techno, and hip-hop scenes (Dornbusch & Killguss, 2005).

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