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Radical Religion and Violence

Theory and Case Studies

By Jeffrey Kaplan

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424 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2015-11-16
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Jeffrey Kaplan has been one of the most influential scholars of new religious movements, extremism and terrorism. His pioneering use of interpretive fieldwork among radical and violent subcultures opened up new fields of scholarship and vastly increased our understanding of the beliefs and activities of extremists. This collection features many of his seminal contributions to the field alongside several new pieces which place his work within the context of the latest research developments. Combining discussion of the methodological issues alongside a broad array of case studies, this will be essential reading for all students and scholars of extremism, religion and politics and terrorism.

Table of Contents

Introduction Section I: Methodology and Theory 1.Interpreting the Interpretive Approach: A Friendly Reply to Thomas Robbins Section II: Firsts 1. Leaderless Resistance 2. Tommy Rydén: A National Socialist Life 3. Introduction, The Cultic Milieu : Oppositional Subcultures In An Age Of Globalization Section III: Case Studies 4. The Context of American Millenarian Revolutionary Theology: The Case of the 'Identity Christian' Church of Israel 5. Right Wing Violence in North America 6. Absolute Rescue: Absolutism, Defensive Action and the Resort to Force 7. America's Last Prophetic Witness: The Literature of the Rescue Movement 8. Islamophobia in America?: September 11 and Islamophobic Hate Crime 9. The Lord’s Resistance Army: Millennialism, Violence and the Timeless Dream Section IV: New Directions 10.Post 9/11 Policy, Strategy and Military Reflections On the Impact of ‘Malign Tribalism’ and Future Threats," by Col. Christopher Costa 11. The Fifth Wave: The New Tribalism? 12. On Tribalism: Auxiliaries, Affiliates, and Aspirational Political Violence." Co-Written with Col. Christopher Costa

About the Author

Jeffrey Kaplan is an Associate Professor of Religion, Department of Religion and Anthropology, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, USA. He is the author of numerous books on radical religion, right-wing extremism and terrorism.

About the Series

Extremism and Democracy

This new series encompasses academic studies within the broad fields of 'extremism' and 'democracy'. These topics have traditionally been considered largely in isolation by academics. A key focus of the series, therefore, is the (inter-) relation between extremism and democracy. Works will seek to answer questions such as to what extent extremist groups pose a major threat to democratic parties, or how can democracy respond to extremism without undermining its own democratic credentials?

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