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Discursive Opportunities and the Evolution of Right‐Wing Violence in Germany

Ruud Koopmans and Susan Olzak
American Journal of Sociology
Vol. 110, No. 1 (July 2004), pp. 198-230
DOI: 10.1086/386271
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/386271
Page Count: 33
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Discursive Opportunities and the Evolution of Right‐Wing Violence in Germany
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Abstract

This article explores the link between violence and public discourse. It suggests that media attention to radical right violence and public reactions to violence affect the clustering of targets and the temporal and spatial distribution of violence. The notion of “discursive opportunities” is introduced, and the article argues that it can serve to link political opportunity structure and framing perspectives on collective action. Using a cross‐sectional and time‐series design to model event counts in states in Germany, this study finds that differential public visibility, resonance, and legitimacy of right‐wing violence significantly affected the rate of violence against different target groups.

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