Rückgrat – Backbone Against Right-Wing Extremism
Youth and Democracy

Rückgrat – Backbone Against Right-Wing Extremism

Prejudice against individual social groups, such as racism, homophobia, Islamophobia, or anti-Semitism, is widespread – even into the mainstream of society. Scientists speak of "group-focused enmity" (GFE) as well as "group-based rejection." In young people, new, youth-specific sides of rejection are being seen from fringe groups considered weak. Youth scenes that can be clearly classified and described as extreme right-wing are increasingly being replaced by heterogeneous groups of young people with diffuse prejudicial attitudes.

Many people active in youth social work are helpless in the battle against this heterogeneity and the attitudes of group-based rejection. With the Rückgrat (backbone) project, we want to strengthen and train them for their daily work.

In the first period professionals and scientists worked out of empirical findings measures, which can be transferred into practical work with young people. In the second period the measures are, under the supervision of the scientists, tested, revised, and developed into exemplary offers. The measures that prove of value in this process are then subsequently made available to others active in the field of right-wing extremism prevention and youth social work.

The project is supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung together with Germany’s Federal Agency for Civic Education. The project is carried out by the Esslingen University of Applied Sciences in cooperation with six agencies that carry out mobile youth social work and youth educational work.



Contact at the university of Esslingen
Prof. Dr. Kurt Moeller
Phone: +49 (0)711 397-4588
Contact at the foundation
Sebastian Jacob
Phone: +49 (0)711 46084-821
Stephanie Gläser
Phone: +49 (0)711 46084 973