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The Extreme Gone Mainstream
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Cynthia Miller-Idriss’s Book Presentation

January 19 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Search for Common Ground warmly invites you to a presentation by Cynthia Miller-Idriss (spouse of President Shamil Idriss) about her new book, The Extreme Gone Mainstream, which will be formally launched later this month. Cynthia is seeking an audience before whom she can practice her book talk, and receive constructive feedback before embarking on her global book tour.

Cynthia will present in-person at Search’s global headquarters in Washington DC, but her talk will also be simultaneously broadcast as a GoToWebinar. A recording will also be available online after the presentation. Feedback will be welcomed in-person from participants at the DC HQ, and by email from remote participants.

Cynthia Miller-Idriss, Author
The Extreme Gone Mainstream
Friday, January 19, 2018 10 – 11 AM EST
Search for Common Ground
4th Floor Conference Room
1601 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC  20009


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The past decade has witnessed a steady increase in far right politics, social movements, and extremist violence. Scholars and policymakers have struggled to understand the causes and dynamics that have made the far right so appealing to so many people – in other words, that have made the extreme more mainstream.

In her most recent book, Cynthia Miller-Idriss examines how extremist ideologies have entered mainstream German culture through commercialized products and clothing laced with extremist, anti-Semitic, racist, and nationalist coded symbols and references. Drawing on a unique digital archive of thousands of historical and contemporary images, as well as scores of interviews with young people and their teachers in two German vocational schools with histories of extremist youth presence, Miller-Idriss shows how this commercialization is part of a radical transformation happening today in German far right youth subculture.

She describes how these young people have gravitated away from the singular, hard-edged skinhead style in favor of sophisticated and fashionable commercial brands that deploy coded extremist symbols. Virtually indistinguishable in style from other clothing popular with youth, the new brands desensitize far right consumers to extremist ideas and dehumanize victims.

Required reading for anyone concerned about the global resurgence of the far right, The Extreme Gone Mainstream reveals how style and aesthetic representation serve as one gateway into extremist scenes and subcultures by helping to strengthen racist and nationalist identification and by acting as conduits of resistance to mainstream society.

Cynthia Miller-Idriss, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, School of Education
Associate Professor of Education and Sociology
Director, International Training and Education Program
American University
Washington, DC


January 19
10:00 am - 11:00 am


Kat Chapman