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Why White Supremacist Women Become Disillusioned, and Why They Leave

NCJ Number
253913
Date Published
2019
Length
12 pages
Author(s)
Mehr Latif; Kathleen Blee; Matthew DeMichele; Pete Simi; Shayna Alexander
Agencies
NIJ-Sponsored
Publication Type
Research (Applied/Empirical), Report (Study/Research), Report (Grant Sponsored), Program/Project Description
Grant Number(s)
2014-ZA-BX-0005
Annotation
This study examined the relationship between becoming disillusioned with racist ideas and/or groups and the decision to leave organized white supremacism, with a focus on a classical sociological puzzle about the indeterminate ways that beliefs and actions inform each other.
Abstract
Drawing on a unique dataset from in-depth interviews with former members of U.S. white supremacist groups, the study examined disillusionment and exit in a volatile social world in which both beliefs and actions often change abruptly. (publisher abstract modified)
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