When Being Bad is Good? Bringing Neutralization Theory to Subcultural Narratives of Right-Wing Violence


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Article
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Authors
Pisoiu, Daniela 
Abstract

Bringing together terrorism studies, subcultural theory, and narrative criminology, we here test the thesis that neutralization theory might be (further) developed to provide a framework for understanding stories of ideologically informed subcultural violence. Beginning with Gresham Sykes’ and David Matza’s original five neutralizations, we illustrate how actors engage them in three modes: the encultured, the subcultural, and (tentatively) the postnarrative mode. We test the first two modes in particular against narratives and narrative fragments from interviews with men convicted of right-wing violence in Germany. Our findings provide a preliminary illustration of what neutralization theory might bring to research into political violence.

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Keywords
4402 Criminology, 44 Human Society, Violence Research, 16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Journal Title
Studies in Conflict & Terrorism
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Journal ISSN
1057-610X
1521-0731
Volume Title
43
Publisher
Informa UK Limited
Sponsorship
Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) (unknown)