Swiping Right: The Allure of Hyper Masculinity and Cryptofascism for Men Who Join the Proud Boys

Samantha Kutner 26 May 2020
 
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Little scholarly research exists on participants in crypto-fascist extremist organizations. In this research paper, Samantha Kutner, MA, communication studies, explores the scripts and narratives that attract a certain demographic of men to join the Proud Boys. She discusses how the broader themes of self-categorization, precarity, and deliberate provocation manifest themselves. These themes are embedded in a fascist agenda and are expressed through the group’s recruitment, communication, and in-group identification.

Keywords: Proud Boys, Self-Categorization Theory, Precarity, Extremism, Fascism, Crypto fascism, Alt Right, Alt Light, Redpill, Swiping Right

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