Tamir Bar-On

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Tamir Bar-On
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Tamir Bar-On at ITESM
Born (1967-06-23) June 23, 1967 (age 54)
Beersheba, Israel
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research in right wing movements in Europe
🌐 Websitetamirbaron.blogspot.com

Tamir Bar-On (born June 23, 1967)[1] is a scholar studying the French Nouvelle Droite (ND) or European New Right (ENR) and its relationship to fascism. A Canadian citizen, Bar-On is a Full Tenured Professor in the Department of International Relations and Humanities at the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM), Campus Querétaro, Mexico.[2] He is also a member of the SNI - Sistema Nacional de Investigadores - Mexico's National System of Researchers.[3]


Bar-On completed his BA and MA in political science at York University (Toronto), while he earned his Ph.D. from McGill University (Montreal, Quebec). The title of his dissertation was "The Ambiguities of the Intellectual European New Right, 1968-1999."[4] His external thesis advisor was British historian of fascism Roger Griffin.[5] Bar-On was formerly a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at DePaul University (Chicago),[6] as well as a professor of political science at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo (Ontario), University of Windsor, and George Brown College (Toronto).[7]

Academic Work[edit]

Andreas Umland calls Bar-On's Where Have All The Fascists Gone? (Ashgate, 2007) "the most comprehensive scholarly investigation into the ENR in the English language yet."[8] He argues it is "destined to become a standard reference and perhaps even the most influential English-language study on the subject for years to come."[9] Griffin penned the "Foreword" to Bar-On's Where Have All The Fascists Gone?, which argues that the ENR is a "modern revitalization movement" with intellectual roots in the neo-fascist milieu.[10] In 2014, French New Right leader Alain de Benoist attacked Bar-On's body of works on the French New Right in the Journal for the Study of Radicalism,[11] while Bar-On responded in the same journal by highlighting affinities between the French New Right and neo-fascist thought.[12] The editor of Journal for the Study of Radicalism was sympathetic to de Benoist's claims that the French New Right was divorced from fascism [13] and previously criticized Bar-On's Where Have All The Fascists Gone? as polemical in its claims of linking the French New Right to fascism.[14]

Where Have All the Fascists Gone?[edit]

Where Have All The Fascists Gone? examines how fascists in the post-World War II period often jettisoned open violence and waved the "post-fascist" and "anti-fascist" banners.[15] For example, the ND meets many though not all of Stanley Payne's exhaustive criteria of fascist movements or regimes of the inter-war era.[16] Yet, the leading ND intellectual, Alain de Benoist, attempted to revive the tradition of the inter-war Conservative Revolution (CR), which legitimised Fascist and Nazi regimes.[17] The ND worldview is an "ambiguous synthesis of revolutionary Right or Conservative Revolution (CR) and New Left (NL) ideals,"[18] which Bar-On summarizes in the equation: "CR + NL = nouvelle droite."[18] The Israeli historian of fascism Ze'ev Sternhell argued fascism was first born in France as a union of ultra-nationalism + Marxist revisionism.[19] Similarly, Bar-On posits that the most sophisticated revision of postwar-neofascism is the product of French intellectuals such as Alain de Benoist, who fused New Left concerns of the 1968 generation with revolutionary Right-wing longings for a homogeneous identity.[20] The historian John Hellman relied on Bar-On to argue that Alain de Benoist continues the "non-conformist" tradition of inter-war French thinker Alexandre Marc.[21]

Rethinking the French New Right[edit]

Bar-On's second book on the French New Right Rethinking the French New Right offers four interpretations of the French New Right: (1) a quasi-fascist movement; (2) a challenge to the traditional right-left dichotomy; (3) an alternative modernist movement, which rejects liberal and socialist narratives of modernity; and (4) a variant of political religion.[22]

The World through Soccer: The Cultural Impact of a Global Sport[edit]

The world’s most popular sport, soccer is a global and cultural phenomenon. The television audience for the 2010 World Cup included nearly half of the world’s population, with viewers in nearly every country. As a reflection of soccer’s significance, the sport impacts countless aspects of the world’s culture, from politics and religion to business and the arts.

Each chapter features representative players, providing specific examples of how soccer comments on and informs our lives. These players—selected from a wide array of eras, countries, and backgrounds—include Diego Maradona, Pelé, Hugo Sánchez, Cha Bum-Kun, Roger Milla, José Luis Chilavert, Zinedine Zidane, Paolo Maldini, Cristiano Ronaldo, Xavi, Neymar, Clint Dempsey, Mia Hamm, and many others.

Beyond Soccer: International Relations and Politics as Seen through the Beautiful Game[edit]

As the world’s most popular game, soccer is unique in its ability to reflect and impact culture, society, and politics. Beyond Soccer: International Relations and Politics as Seen through the Beautiful Game provides students with a new and innovative way to learn about political science and international relations. It uses soccer players, officials, fans, and organizations in order to teach political science concepts—such as geopolitics, discourses, and sovereignty—and IR theories—including realism, liberalism, and feminism. This text also incorporates three common soccer discourses to highlight the possibilities of soccer as a tool for unity and social change; as a defender of established power; and as simultaneously a mechanism used by established power and an engine for social resistance.



  • Beyond Soccer: International Relations and Politics as Seen through the Beautiful Game, Lanham and New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2017. ISBN 978-1442275430 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  • The World through Soccer: The Cultural Impact of a Global Sport, Lanham and New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2014. ISBN 978-1442234734 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  • Rethinking the French New Right: Alternatives to Modernity, London and New York: Routledge, 2013. ISBN 978-0-415-81405-8 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  • Where Have All the Fascists Gone?, Hampshire and Burlington: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2007. ISBN 978-0-7546-7154-1 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles[edit]

  • “FIFA seen from a postcolonial perspective”, (with Luis Escobedo D’Anglés), Soccer and Society (2016), pp. 1-22. Available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14660970.2016.1267632
  • “Reflections on soccer, sovereignty and the state of exception,” Soccer and Society 17 (5), pp. 1-26. Available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14660970.2016.1221824?journalCode=fsas20
  • “Three Soccer Discourses,” Soccer and Society, 2016, pp. 1-16. Available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14660970.2016.1166764?journalCode=fsas20
  • “Abdullah Öcalan’s The Road Map: From the armed struggle to a Gramsci of our times?,” Retos Internacionales, vol. 11 (agosto-diciembre 2014), pp. 152-180.
  • “A Response to Alain de Benoist,” Journal for the Study of Radicalism, vol. 8, no. 2, (2014), pp. 123-168.
  • “The French New Right: Neither Right, Nor Left?,” Journal for the Study of Radicalism, vol. 8, no. 1, (2014), pp. 1–44.
  • “The French New Right´s Quest for Alternative Modernity,” Fascism: Journal of Comparative Fascist Studies 1 (2012), pp. 18–52.
  • “Is the New Left today’s French New Right?,” Retos Internacionales 5 (Fall 2011), pp. 85–105.
  • “Transnationalism and the French Nouvelle Droite,” Patterns of Prejudice 45 (3) (2011), pp. 199–223.
  • “The Neo-Fascists Take Rome: How About Toronto or Mexico City?,” Retos Internacionales 3 (Fall 2010), pp. 66–79.
  • “Revolutions in World History” (Editor’s Introduction), Retos Internacionales, 3 (Fall 2010), pp. 7–8.
  • "Understanding Political Conversion and Mimetic Rivalry", Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions 10/3 (December, 2009), pp. 241–264.
  • "Fascism to the Nouvelle Droite: The Dream of Pan-European Empire", Journal of Contemporary European Studies 16/3 (2008), pp. 329–345.
  • "Fighting Violence: A Critique of the War On Terrorism", International Politics 42 (2005), pp. 225–245.
  • "A Critical Response to Roger Griffin's ‘Fascism's new faces and new facelessness in the post-fascist epoch’", Erwagen, Wissen, Ethik (Deliberation, Knowledge, Ethics) 15/3 (April 2004), pp. 307-309.
  • "The Ambiguities of the Nouvelle Droite, 1968-1999", The European Legacy 6/3 (2001), pp. 333–351.
  • "The Ambiguities of Football, Culture, and Social Transformation in Latin America", Sociological Research Online 2/4 (1997), pp. 1–17.

Chapters in edited volumes[edit]

  • Tamir Bar On, “Nationalism and the Radical Right,” in Jens Rydgren (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of the Radical Right (forthcoming, Oxford University Press, 2017/2018).
  • "Arguing with the Nouvelle Droite: Substantive Debate, Partisan Polemics or Truth Seeking?" in M. Fielitz and L. L. Laloire, Trouble on the Far Right

Contemporary Right-Wing Strategies and Practices in Europe (Transcript-Verlag, 2017), pp. 117-124.

  • “From Marxism and nationalism to radical democracy: Abdullah Öcalan’s synthesis for the 21st century,” in Willy Soto Acosta (ed.), Ciencias Sociales y Relaciones Internacionales: nuevas perspectivas desde América Latina (Heredia, Costa Rica: Escuela de Relaciones Internacionales de la Universidad Nacional-CLACSO, 2015), pp. 225-256. Available at: http://biblioteca.clacso.edu.ar/clacso/se/20151009033135/Libro.pdf
  • “Fascism to the Nouvelle Droite: the quest for pan-European empire,” in A. Mammone, E. Godin, and B. Jenkins (eds.), Varieties of Right-Wing Extremism in Europe (Routledge, 2013), pp. 69–84.
  • “Italian Post-War Neo-Fascism: Three Paths, One Mission?,” in Ruth Wodak and John E. Richardson, Analysing Fascist Discourse: European Fascism in Talk and Text (Routledge, 2013), pp. 42–55.
  • “Intellectual Right-Wing Extremism: Alain de Benoist’s Mazeway Resynthesis Since 2000,” in Uwe Backes and Patrick Moreau (eds.), Right-Wing Extremism in Europe (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2011), pp. 333–358.
  • "Quebec Separatist Conflict", in Nigel Young (ed.), International Encyclopedia of Peace(Vol.3) (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009), pp. 602–605.
  • "European New Right", "Globalization," "Gramsci", and "GRECE" entries in Cyprian Blamires (ed.) (with Paul Jackson), World Fascism: A Historical Encyclopedia (ABC-CLIO, 2006), pp. 211–214; 280-281; 286; 290-291. ISBN 1-57607-940-6 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  • "A Critical Response to Roger Griffin's ‘Fascism's new faces" in Roger Griffin, Werner Loh, and Andreas Umland, (eds.), Fascism Past and Present, West and East (Stuttgart: Ibidem-Verlag, 2006), pp. 85–92. ISBN 978-3-89821-674-6 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  • "The Ambiguities of the Nouvelle Droite, 1968-1999", in Harvey Simmons and Sergei Plekhanov (eds.), Is fascism history?: selected papers (Toronto: Centre for International Security Studies, 2001).


  1. http://tamirbaron.blogspot.com/
  2. http://www.itesm.mx/wps/wcm/connect/snc/portal+informativo/por+campus/queretaro/academia/not%28090614%29tamirbaron Tamir Bar-On, internacionalista y apasionado del fútbol
  3. http://identidad.queretaro.itesm.mx/2014/09/tamirbaronsni-2// Ingresa el Dr. Tamir Bar-On al Sistema Nacional de Investigadores
  4. Tamir Bar-On, “The Ambiguities of the Intellectual European New Right,1968-1999,” Ph.D. dissertation, McGill University, (Montreal, Quebec, 2000)
  5. Roger Griffin’s homepage at Oxford Brookes University
  6. [1]
  7. [2]
  8. Andreas Umland, "The European New Right: neo- or post-fascist," review of Tamir Bar-On, Where Have All The Fascists Gone?, Patterns of Prejudice 43/2 (2009).
  9. Umland, pp. 198-199.
  10. Where Have All the Fascists Gone?
  11. Alain de Benoist Answers Tamir Bar-On
  12. A Response to Alain de Benoist
  13. A Conversation with Alain de Benoist
  14. What’s Right?: A Review Essay
  15. Tamir Bar-On, Where Have All The Fascists Gone? pp. 15-19.
  16. Bar-On, Where Have All The Fascists Gone? pp. 15-19
  17. Bar-On, Where Have All The Fascists Gone? pp. 29-30.
  18. 18.0 18.1 Tamir Bar-On, "Fascism to the Nouvelle Droite: The Dream of Pan-European Empire", Journal of Contemporary European Studies 16/3 (2008), p. 329.
  19. Ze'ev Sternhell, Neither Right nor Left: Fascist Ideology in France (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1986) and Ze'ev Sternhell (with Mario Sznajder and Maia Asheri), The Birth of Fascist Ideology: From Cultural Rebellion to Political Revolution (Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1994).
  20. Tamir Bar-On, Where Have All The Fascists Gone?, pp. 29-36.
  21. Communitarian Third Way: Alexandre Marc and Ordre Nouveau, 1930-2000
  22. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415814058/

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