Negotiating Anomie: Women Who Save Skinheards

Randy Blazak, Portland State University

While strain and anomie have been shown to be motivating factors for young men to join hate groups, the same forces can keep women out. This research shows that women's understanding that the normlessness that hate crime victims suffer becuase of their targeted catagory is similar to the randomness of crimes against women. This empathy gives women a wider definition of hate crimes and basis in opposition to hate crimes. Further, men who leave hate groups generally do so because the women in their lives convince them of this connection. Women, speaking in terms of block opportunities and alienation serve to rescue men from hate group activity.

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