A New Spanish Far Right? the Alter-Activism Far Right Style of Hogar Social

Tuesday, 17 July 2018: 11:15
Oral Presentation
Antonio ALVAREZ-BENAVIDES, Centre d'Analyse et d'Intervention Sociologique, France, Grupo de Estudios Socio-Culturales Contemporáneos (GRESCO-UCM), Spain
Spanish far right has been always connected with the regimen of Franco. Their claims, styles, symbols, ideology reclaim the glorious past of the dictatorship. With the advent of democracy these groups didn’t have a relevant political or social success. As the surveys show the far right vote was focus on more moderated political options as Partido Popular, and the relation with the ideology and imaginary of Franco’s dictatorship dispelled most of people.

The Spanish far right didn’t have an important evolution, being limited to different neo-Francoist and neo-Nazis formations more visible on sports events as football than on political or social arena.

But in the last years, coinciding with the economic crisis, we can see an important change with the born of new far right groups. They have left the extremist symbols, discourses and expressions, to articulate what they call the fight for the Spanish people social justice. Without given up an anti-immigration, anti-zionist or anti-diversity message, they have taken similar strategies and actions of the progressive social movements. They claim for social justice, against capitalism and job precariousness, squatting buildings, making food donation campaigns, conferences and artist events, etc.

Their similarities to contemporary progressive social movements make us to use the same analytical categories or methodologies to study what it could be also a social movement as indignados/15M.

This text present the main results of an ethnography of Hogar Social Madrid based on interviews, conferences, demonstrations and their activities in social networks.