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The Soldiers of Odin Finland : From a local movement to an international franchise (2019)

Kotonen, T. (2019). The Soldiers of Odin Finland : From a local movement to an international franchise. In T. Bjørgo, & M. Mareš (Eds.), Vigilantism against Migrants and Minorities (pp. 241-256). Routledge. Routledge Studies in Fascism and the Far Right. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429485619-15

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Kotonen, Tommi

Parent publication: Vigilantism against Migrants and Minorities

Parent publication editors: Bjørgo, Tore; Mareš, Miroslav

ISBN: 978-1-138-49380-3

eISBN: 978-0-429-48561-9

Journal or series: Routledge Studies in Fascism and the Far Right

Publication year: 2019

Pages range: 241-256

Number of pages in the book: 347

Publisher: Routledge

Place of Publication: Abingdon

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429485619-15

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Partially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/67257


This chapter analyzes the growth of the Soldier of Odin Finland from a local phenomenon to an international movement, exploring the reasons behind both the success of the SOO, and its later decline in Finland as well as internationally. Additionally, the chapter describes the connections of the SOO with the Finnish extreme right and competition they had with other street patrol organizations. It scrutinizes the rhetoric they use and the ideology they share, and analyzes profiles of SOO leaders in Finland. The chapter is based on data drawn from interviews with Soldiers of Odin and other street patrol groups, police and court files, and online observation.

Keywords: right wing movements; far right; ideologies; rhetoric; immigration; vigilantism; internationalisation

Free keywords: Soldiers of Odin

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2019

JUFO rating: 3

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