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Cumulative Extremism

A Comparative Historical Analysis, 1st Edition

By Alexander J Carter


264 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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This book frames several historical incidents of violent movement-countermovement conflicts within the concept of ‘cumulative extremism’— the mutually reinforcing dynamic of radicalisation that can develop between two or more antagonistic groups.

Drawing on several in-depth case studies, including the contests between British fascist and anti-fascist groups in the interwar period and from 1967 to 1979 and 1980 to 2000; the Troubles in Northern Ireland from the late 60s to mid-70s; and Islamist extremists and the far-right counter-jihad movement in Britain since 2009, this book presents the first in-depth academic analysis of the concept of ‘cumulative extremism’ and constructs a theoretical framework through which to assess its development.

This is a groundbreaking volume which will be of particular relevance to scholars with an interest in the extreme right, social movements, political violence and criminology. It will also be of interest to policy makers and to practitioners dealing with extremism and radicalisation, including youth workers, Prevent coordinators, community support officers and police officers.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. Fascists and Anti-Fascists, 1920 – 1940

Chapter 3. Fascists and Anti-Fascists in the 1970s

Chapter 4. Fascists and Anti-Fascists in the 1980s and 1990s

Chapter 5. Northern Ireland from 1960 to 1976

Chapter 6. Islamists and the Counter-Jihad in Britain, 2009 – 2018

Chapter 7. Conclusion

About the Author

Dr Alexander J. Carter completed his PhD at Teesside University’s Centre of Fascism, Anti-Fascism and Post-Fascism Studies. He has published research on radicalisation, terrorism and extremism.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Fascism and the Far Right

This new book series focuses upon fascist, far right and right-wing politics primarily within a historical context but also drawing on insights from other disciplinary perspectives. Its scope also includes radical-right populism, cultural manifestations of the far right and points of convergence and exchange with the mainstream and traditional right.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Fascism & Totalitarianism
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Radicalism