Motivations and Ideologies

  • Ramón SpaaijEmail author
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In the previous chapter it was argued that although historically the lone wolf strategy has been particularly advocated within radicalized sections of America’s far right, it is not restricted to that milieu as lone wolf terrorists come from a variety of political, ideological and religious backgrounds. The database of lone wolf terrorism (see Appendix) provides further insight into the ideological sources of lone wolf terrorist attacks, and enables the identification of different categories of lone wolf terrorists based on their ideologies. Figure 5.1 indicates that among those identified, the main ideological sources of lone wolf terrorism in the 15 countries in the research sample are right-wing extremism/White supremacy (17%), Islamism (15%), anti-abortion (8%) and nationalism/separatism (7%), respectively.


White Supremacy White Supremacist Palestine Liberation Organization Lone Wolf Christian Identity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social SciencesLa Trobe UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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