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The Culture of Violent Talk: An Interpretive Approach

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Department of Sociology, Chapman University, One University Drive, Orange, CA 92866, USA
Department of Criminal Justice, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 19122, USA
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Soc. Sci. 2020, 9(7), 120;
Received: 15 June 2020 / Revised: 2 July 2020 / Accepted: 7 July 2020 / Published: 10 July 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Global Rise of the Extreme Right)
One of the defining characteristics of extremist movements is the adherence to an ideology highly antagonistic to the status quo and one that permits or explicitly promotes the use of violence to achieve stated goals and to address grievances. For members of extremist groups, talk is one of the most concrete manifestations of how adherents communicate their ideas to each other and the general public. These discussions, however, do not necessarily involve a direct correspondence between words and future behavior. To better understand the culture of violent talk, we investigate how white supremacist extremists use these discussions as a rhetorical device that provides them with a sense of doing and an opportunity to express their frustrations and anger. Our analysis is grounded primarily in the ethnographic data we collected on a variety of US white supremacists since 1997. Our investigation offers important insight regarding the interactional qualities of extremist culture as well as policy implications regarding the assessment process. View Full-Text
Keywords: white supremacy; threat assessment; identity; terrorism; culture; violence white supremacy; threat assessment; identity; terrorism; culture; violence
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