This paper examines in detail the role of the Internet in individual radicalization processes of eight
German former right-wing extremists. Applying Grounded Theory methodology the qualitative
interviews were analyzed in several coding and re-coding phases. The findings were integrated into
the existing literature afterwards. Besides well known factors, such as more effective communication,
anonymity and better networking opportunities, the author found support for seeing the Internet
as a “Socialization Institution” according to the “Cultural Subversion Theory” (Wagner, 1998).
As a venue for information exchange, ideological development and training, the individual
radicalization process was characteristically shaped or even made possible through the Internet.
This paper also shows the high value of qualitative research regarding the topic in contrast to
usually employed quantitative analysis of webpage content.