Radical Religion & Violence
Theory & Case Studies
Routledge – 2016 – 208 pages
Series: Extremism and Democracy
Jeffrey Kaplan has been one of the most influential scholars of new religious movements, extremism and terrorism. His pioneering use of interpretive fieldwork among radical and violent subcultures opened up new fields of scholarship and vastly increased our understanding of the beliefs and activities of extremists. This collection features many of his seminal contributions to the field alongside several new pieces which place his work within the context of the latest research developments. Combining discussion of the methodological issues alongside a broad array of case studies, this will be essential reading for all students and scholars of extremism, religion and politics and terrorism.
1. Introduction Part I, Theory and Methodology 2. Religious Movements and Violence: A Friendly Critique of the Interpretive Approach 3. Interpreting the Interpretive Approach: A Friendly Reply to Thomas Robbins 4. Leaderless Resistance 5. Tommy Rydén: A National Socialist Life 6. The cultic milieu : oppositional subcultures in an age of globalization 7. The Fifth Wave: The New Tribalism? Part II, Case Studies 8. The Context of American Millenarian Revolutionary Theology: The Case of the 'Identity Christian' Church of Israel 9. Odinism and Ásatrú 10. Right Wing Violence in North America 11. Introduction to the Radical Racist Right 12. Absolute Rescue: Absolutism, Defensive Action and the Resort to Force 13. New Religious Movements and Globalization The Lord’s Resistance Army 14. On Tribalism: Auxiliaries, Affiliates, and Aspirational Political Violence Conclusion
Jeffrey Kaplan is an Associate Professor of Religion, Department of Religion and Anthropology, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, USA. He is the author of numerous books on radical religion, right-wing extremism and terrorism.