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Terrorism and right-wing extremism: the changing face of terrorism and political violence in the 21st century: the virtual community of hatred.
Int J Group Psychother. 2015 Apr; 65(2):242-71.IJ

Abstract

There are no psychological characteristics or psychopathology that separates terrorists from the general population. Rather it is group dynamics, with a particular emphasis on collective identity that helps explain terrorist psychology. Just as there is a diverse spectrum of terrorisms, so too is there a spectrum of terrorist psychologies. Four waves of terrorism can be distinguished: the Anarchist wave, associated with labor violence in the United States in the late 19th century; the Anti-Colonial wave (nationalist-separatist), with minority groups seeking to be liberated from their colonial masters or from the majority in their country; the New Left wave (social revolutionary); and now the Religious wave. With the communications revolution, a new phenomenon is emerging which may presage a fifth wave: lone wolf terrorists who through the Internet are radicalized and feel they belong to the virtual community of hatred. A typology of lone wolf terrorism is proposed.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Professor of Psychiatry, Political Psychology, and International Affairs, and Director of the Political Psychology Program at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Pub Type(s)

Historical Article
Journal Article
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

25760786

Citation

Post, Jerrold M.. "Terrorism and Right-wing Extremism: the Changing Face of Terrorism and Political Violence in the 21st Century: the Virtual Community of Hatred." International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, vol. 65, no. 2, 2015, pp. 242-71.
Post JM. Terrorism and right-wing extremism: the changing face of terrorism and political violence in the 21st century: the virtual community of hatred. Int J Group Psychother. 2015;65(2):242-71.
Post, J. M. (2015). Terrorism and right-wing extremism: the changing face of terrorism and political violence in the 21st century: the virtual community of hatred. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 65(2), 242-71. https://doi.org/10.1521/ijgp.2015.65.2.242
Post JM. Terrorism and Right-wing Extremism: the Changing Face of Terrorism and Political Violence in the 21st Century: the Virtual Community of Hatred. Int J Group Psychother. 2015;65(2):242-71. PubMed PMID: 25760786.
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