Days of alt-rage: using the Weatherman movement to deconstruct the radicalisation of the alt-right

Bleakley, Paul ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2512-4072 (2019) Days of alt-rage: using the Weatherman movement to deconstruct the radicalisation of the alt-right. Contemporary Politics . ISSN 1356-9775 (Published online first) (doi:10.1080/13569775.2019.1663395)

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Abstract

No matter whether they adhere to a left-wing or right-wing political ideology, the evolution of a radical activist group shares a common trajectory. As such, it is possible to explore the rise and fall of a far-left organisation like the Weathermen in order to better understand the development of the alt-right, and to devise strategies to combat extremism in a contemporary context. By examining the role of identity politics in fermenting a radical socio-political agenda, as well as the tactics that contribute to the formation of a groupthink mentality, it is made clear that the very strategies of indoctrination and direct action that solidify a radical base are the very same as those that work to divide such groups and isolate them from mainstream socio-political discourse.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Law
A. > School of Law > Criminology and Sociology
A. > School of Law > Law and Politics
Item ID: 27885
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Contemporary Politics on 09/09/2019, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13569775.2019.1663395
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Depositing User: Paul Bleakley
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2019 15:55
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2019 15:56
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/27885

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