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The Radical's Journey: How German Neo-Nazis Voyaged to the Edge and Back

Arie W. Kruglanski, David Webber, and Daniel Koehler


The Radical’s Journey draws from interviews with former right-wing extremists in Germany to present a compelling account of life as a political extremist. Insights are provided into four distinct phases of an extremist’s lifecycle: joining a radical organization, involvement in and engagement with a violent movement, leaving extremism behind, and coping with the repercussions of once being an extremist and deviant in society. Analyses are derived from an empirically supported framework that emphasizes the importance of psychological needs, exposure to ideological narratives, and embeddedness w ... More

Keywords: violent extremism, radicalization, disengagement, white supremacy, right-wing politics, social psychology, motivation, counter-extremism, Germany

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190851095
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190851095.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Arie W. Kruglanski, author
Distinguished University Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Maryland

David Webber, author
Assistant Professor, Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth University

Daniel Koehler, author
Director, German Institute of Radicalization and Deradicalization Studies