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How Women Engage Homegrown Terrorism


U.S. Extremist Crime Database (ECDB) Study data of homicides by far-right extremists and arsons and bombings by environmental and animal rights extremists suggest that compared with men, relationships are catalysts for women’s involvement in domestic terrorism; recruitment and opportunity differ by ideology and are not always effective in victimizing their intended hate group. We suggest an inter-disciplinary approach that considers criminological principles of strain theory along with sociological emphasis on gendered social networks and the strength of weak ties.

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Gonzales, Alessandra L., and Joshua D. Freilich, Steven M. Cherkmak. 2014. "How Women Engage Homegrown Terrorism."  Feminist Criminology (April). http://fcx.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/04/27/1557085114529809.abstract

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