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"Not all youths with shaved heads or closely cropped hair are
neo-nazis. There are many young people across the globe who call
themselves Skinheads and eschew bigotry (some are actively
anti-racist). They look the same as their racist counterparts -
without the Nazi insignia - and follow many of the same fashions
including a taste for 'oi' music, beer and violence. Indeed, both
types of Skinheads have been known to attack each other. The term
'Skinhead' when used in this report refers to the neo-Nazi or racist
variety, unless otherwise specified. (ADL, pg. 5)

"Non-racist Skinhead bands also call their music 'oi,' a Cockney
greeting which is equivalent to 'hey!' Their music is in fact quite
similar to that of the racist Skins, but without the bigoted lyrics.
(Ibid., p. 6)

"In Chile the Skinhead and neo-Nazi worlds blur and intersect,
due to the existence of: (a) a sizable Hitlerite youth
movement which is not necessarily marked by musical
proclivities or shaved heads, and (b) _Cabezas Rapadas_ -
Skinheads - some of whom are neo-Nazis, and others
ultra-nationalists given to street violence. (Ibid., 23)

"[The Skinhead scene in Japan.] Its ideological make-up, however, 
is not clear.

"One skinzine suggested that SHARP - Skinheads Against Racial
Prejudice - has achieved a following in Japan. It said that
SHARP bands 'attract a couple of thousand to each gig in
comparision to a mere hundred to the right-wing gigs.'
(Ibid., p. 52)

"The Norwegian Skinhead movement is young and rather small,
probably numbering some 100 to 150. Not all of them fit the
neo-Nazi label. In addition to a small group of leftist SHARP
(Skinheads Against Racial Prejudice) Skins, many of those
calling themselves 'nationalist' or 'patriotic' Skins do not
necessarily sucscribe to Nazi ideology. Some of the leading
figures are, however, unabashed neo-Nazis and ideological
racists." (Ibid., p. 56)

                          Work Cited

Anti-Defamation League. The Skinhead International: A Worldwide
Survey of Neo-Nazi Skinheads. New York: Anti-Defamation League,
1995. Anti-Defamation League, 823 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY
10017.

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