Military experience, identity discrepancies, and far right terrorism: An exploratory analysis

Pete Simi, Bryan F. Bubolz, Ann Hardman

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Abstract

The relationship between far right extremism and military involvement is a complex problem and the dynamics that explain this relationship are not well understood. The present article addresses this gap by discussing the relationship between military experience, identity discrepancies, and far right terrorism. This article proposes that identity discrepancies occur when individuals experience involuntary role exits from the military or when individuals perceive that personal achievements earned while enlisted are unrecognized or unappreciated. Identity discrepancies may facilitate a change in behavior toward far right extremism and eventually terrorism. Case study examples are provided to illustrate this relationship.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)654-671
Number of pages18
JournalStudies in Conflict and Terrorism
Volume36
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Safety Research
  • Political Science and International Relations

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