The Impact of Globalization, Migration, and Social Group Processes on Neo-Nazi Youth Gangs



While neo-Nazi gangs are well known and documented in Western countries, the discovery of a neo-Nazi gang in Israel is an unprecedented manifestation of juvenile deviance. This chapter examines the role of migration, globalization, and social processes in the formation of a neo-Nazi youth gang in Israel. The findings reveal that the facilitating conditions of migration and marginalization generated a reaction formation and cultural resistance identity, namely, the neo-Nazi ideology. The Internet played a key role in shaping the identity of the gang and its cultural activity. Moreover, the transnational interaction via the Internet with other gangs led to amplification of violent behavior in order to establish social status within the global field of the gangs.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.David Yellin Academic CollegeThe Hebrew University of JerusalemJerusalemIsrael

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