TSAS WP14-07: The Process of Radicalization: Right-Wing Skinheads in Quebec

Publisher: TSAS
Year Published: 2014
Entry Types: TSAS Working Paper
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Tanner, Samuel and Aurélie Campana. 2014. “The Process of Radicalization: Right-Wing Skinheads in Quebec.” TSAS Working Paper 14-07. Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society. http://tsas.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/TSASWP14-07_Tanner-Campana.pdf

Affiliate(s): Campana, Aurélie | Tanner, Samuel |

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This research studies the radicalization process of right-wing skinheads in the province of Quebec by identifying the mechanisms that shape pathways toward extremism and violence. We look at the role and prevalence of violence in such right-wing groups and how it is used by members. We then consider whether these groups constitute a potential threat and whether it is realistic to fear that a “lone-wolf” scenario event might occur in Quebec.

In the United States and Europe, right-wing extremist groups have been on the rise for a decade or so. Although this phenomenon is somewhat less visible in Canada, right-wing extremist groups have existed there for decades and have been extremely resilient, appealing to many generations of those who identify with right-wing and hate ideologies. Even though right-wing extremist groups, including right-wing skinheads, are included on the Canadian Anti-terrorist Strategy list of threat to national security, very little empirical and theoretical knowledge is available about such groups in either political science or criminology.