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Telling the Story of the National Socialist Underground (NSU): A Narrative Media Analysis


Studies in Conflict and TerrorismJournal abstract

The German media have played a much more important role in the context of the National Socialist Underground (NSU) than has been acknowledged. Drawing on criminological approaches to media images of crime and narrative hermeneutics, this article is based on an analysis of more than 1,000 print news articles published on the NSU crimes before and after the discovery of the perpetrators in November 2011. It argues that the story of the NSU as a right-wing terrorist group whose violent campaign was not recognized for more than a decade cannot be conceived of without the news media's narrative work across the period 2000–2012.

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