Transnational white nationalism: The digitally-mediated globalism of contemporary hate culture

Dr Robin Cameron1
1RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

This paper seeks to delve beneath the populist rhetoric of white nationalism in order to highlight the complex transnational solidarities that underpin digital hate culture. The 2016 election of Donald Trump represented the culmination of a series of reactionary political movements that rose to prominence throughout Europe and in settler colonial countries such as Australia. While this nationalist rhetoric works very well for the purposes of electoral populism, it is important to note that it is underpinned by complex, often contradictory, interconnected technosocial cultures of patriarchal white supremacy. It is the contention of this paper that these reactionary movements should be seen as related and co-productive rather than similar yet isolated. Towards this end this paper will suggest that there are three key factors vital to understanding this as a global phenomenon; whiteness, patriarchy and digital platforms.


Robin’s research focuses on technology, masculinity and extremist violence in urban and online spaces. This is part of a larger collaborative Digital Criminology project. He has also conducted research into 9/11, the war on terror and security responses to other crises such as disasters and protests.



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