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Why study white supremacist terror? A research note

NCJ Number
Deviant Behavior Volume: 31 Issue: 3 Dated: 2010 Pages: 251-273
Pete Simi
Date Published
February 2010
23 pages

This article discusses how the current neglect of white supremacist violence impedes the development of terrorism scholarship.



The decentralized organization of contemporary white supremacists is often confused with disorganization that has led some observers to claim that white supremacist terror (WST) poses a relatively benign threat and is essentially irrelevant. In contrast, the author of this article argues that white supremacist violence is part of a broader social movement strategy. Lastly, the author discusses how four hot-button issues may contribute to a new large-scale wave of WST. (Publisher abstract provided)