Extreme Right Wing Political Violence and Terrorism

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-01-17
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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In this collection, senior experts explore all aspects of extreme right wing political violence, from the nature of the threat, processes of engagement, and ideology to the lessons that can be drawn from exiting such engagement. Further, right wing activism and political violence are compared with Jihadi violence and engagement. Also, the European experience is placed within a greater framework, including that of the United States and the Arab Spring.

The book opens with an essay on U.S. far right groups, investigating their origins and processes of recruitment. It then delves into violence against UK Mosques and Islamic centers, the relationship between Ulster loyalism and far right extremism, the Dutch extremist landscape, and the July 2011 Norway attacks. Also discussed are how narratives of violence are built and justified, at what point do individuals join into violence, and how differently states respond to left-wing vs. right-wing extremism.

This comparative work offers a unique look into the very nature of right wing extremism and will be a must-read for anyone studying political violence and terrorism

Author Biography

Max Taylor is Professor of International Relations at the University of St Andrews, Scoland.PM Currie is Senior Visiting Fellow at teh Center for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV), University of St Andrews, Scotland.Donald Holbrook is Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV), University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

Table of Contents

Contributors Acknowledgements 1 IntroductionDonald Holbrook and Max Taylor 2 Violence by the Far Right: The American ExperienceLeonard Weinberg3 Anti-Muslim Violence in the UK: Extremist Nationalist Involvement and InfluenceRobert Lambert 4 Grassroots Activism in the English Defence League: Discourse and Public (Dis)orderJoel Busher 5 Ulster Loyalism and Extreme Right Wing PoliticsJames W. McAuley 6 The Dutch Far Right: From ‘Classical Outsiders’ to ‘Modern Insiders’Rob Witte 7 Youth Engagement in Right Wing Extremism: Comparative Cases from the NetherlandsIneke van der Valk 8 Right Wing Political Violence in France: Stock Take and PerspectivesMichel Gandilhon 9 Breivik’s Mindset: The Counterjihad and the New Transatlantic Anti-Muslim RightToby Archer 10 Still Blind in the Right Eye? A Comparison of German Responses to Political Violence from the Extreme Left and the Extreme RightPeter Lehr 11 Far Right and Islamist Extremist Discourses: Shifting Patterns of EnmityDonald Holbrook 12 ConclusionPM Currie Bibliography Index

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