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About Aurelien Mondon

Aurelien Mondon is Senior Lecturer in Politics at Bath University. Working with Aaron Winter, his work looks at the relationship between the far right and the mainstream, with a particular focus on racism. Their most recent article is 'Articulations of Islamophobia: from the extreme to the mainstream?' in Ethnic and Racial Studies (2017).

Articles by Aurelien Mondon

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Adam Ramsay, Editor

Adam Ramsay is a co-editor of openDemocracyUK.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Auschwitz and anti-racism: the past (and racism) is another country

It is in the here and now that UK racism, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, far-right and mainstream, are situated, embedded, and do harm. It should be tackled, not displaced and denied. 

Understanding the mainstreaming of the far right

It is essential to move beyond electoral politics to understand the way the far right is being mainstreamed. It involves asking, “ is there any such thing as public opinion” ?

Defending the indefensible: France, the burkini affair and the further mainstreaming of racism

Listening to these women is unnecessary; the country of the Rights of Man knows best what's best for them.

Refocusing anti-racism: delineating and combatting opportunistic racism in the mainstream

The creeping acceptance of racist arguments and language into our political conversation has to be challenged in new ways.

Whatever the result, the referendum will further take us away from politics and hope

The idea behind the referendum has never been to offer the people a debate between a neoliberal Europe and a social Britain, but between a neoliberal UK within a neoliberal EU, and a neoliberal UK outside a neoliberal EU.

The rise of the Front National is only part of the problem

The ‘shock’ is not the rise of the Front National, but the failure of the system to bring forward a positive alternative.

UKIP-like parties only thrive when the mainstream allows them to

In the past few years, much of the coverage and analysis of parties such as UKIP or the Front National has been skewed and hyped, compared to their electoral performance. 

Creating the people: an interview with Aurelien Mondon on populism

Populism is a political style whereby the populist creates her/his ‘people’ according to her/his ideological goals. ‘The people’ therefore can take many shapes and forms and be used in both inclusive and exclusive ways.

France's European spleen

As is now common in France, the biggest shock in the Euro elections will come from the far-right Front National, emboldened by a change in perception towards the party from many French voters. Euro elections landscape, 2014.

Populism or the fear of democracy

What democracy really means is the capacity to do things. While the governing elite has increasingly borrowed populist rhetoric from the extreme right to win elections, it has also used the growth of populism to discredit the concept of ‘the people’ and redefine the meaning of democracy. 

French reactionary hypocrisy – the hijab, gay marriage and secularism

The different reactions to the ban on burqas and to the legalisation of same-sex marriage lay bare the hypocrisy of the French right.

Mainstreaming the brown spectre haunting Europe

From Geert Wilders in the Netherlands to Marine Le Pen in France, far right politicians using new strategies are being welcomed into mainstream discourse.

When the possible death of humanities is a progressive development

MOOCs (massive open online courses) and more freely available lectures and university content are transforming the education landscape, and alliances between academia and corporations are ever-increasing. But this revolution in education might pose a lethal threat for hardly commodifiable disciplines such as those of the humanities. 

France’s sombre destiny

While history tells us that Marine Le Pen would not stand a chance in the second round of the presidential elections, it has also shown that France could take a terrible turn as a result of her mere presence.

Less than a year to go and the French elections have never seemed so undecided

Sarkozy’s presidential term has made the front page more often for his private life than for his policies; this has undermined his possibilities for a re-election and increased the chances for opposition candidates.

Strauss-Kahn: where have all the progressives gone?

Supposedly progressive commentators the world over have found it difficult to muster an ethical response to the DSK affair. Feminism clearly has a long way to go, says Aurelien Mondon.
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