Leading academic and social anthropoligist Sindre Bangstad brings us this authoritative account of the tragic July 2011 Norway terrorist attacks. Not only profiling Breivik's individual psychology, Bangstad also delivers an essential analysis of the aftermath and the prevailing ideology of Europe's politics today.
In doing so he examines Norway's relationship to the Muslim population and argues that the crime is best understood within the context of radical Islamophobia. Using incisive and at times emotive language, Bangstad produces a passionate yet balanced evaluation of how Europe's right-wing scene can create a climate of fear and 'otherisation' for Muslim persons.
This book provides us of nothing short of essential reading to anyone concerned in racism and the alarming rise of the far-right in contemporary Europe. It also delivers a much needed critical lesson of a sadly, much ignored horrible event in Norway's history.