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Vinland and white nationalism
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‘Vinland and white nationalism’ explores the utilisation of Old Norse culture among white nationalist groups in the United States, focusing on new religious movements with radical racist agendas. To facilitate such an analysis, the article both provides a brief overview of some of the larger neo-pagan currents in North America and focuses on specific neo-völkisch hate groups such as the Virginia-based Wolves of Vinland, whose members have appeared in major alt-right publications and on white supremacist platforms. For groups like these, ‘Vinland’ serves as a stand-in for the promotion of whites-only tribes and communities in the United States, while the organisation's occupation with an imagined ‘Germanic hero aesthetic’ aligns not only with the men's rights activism of some of its members, but ultimately exposes misogyny as the unifying factor for the radical right in the United States.

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From Iceland to the Americas

Vinland and historical imagination


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