American Militias: State-Level Variations in Militia by Joshua D. Freilich

By Joshua D. Freilich

Freilich makes an attempt to figure out why a few states have greater degrees of defense force job than others. concentrating on the years 1994-1995, he unearths that cultural factors—not monetary conditions--are concerning degrees of military similar job. specifically, states with decrease degrees of lady empowerment and better degrees of paramilitary tradition have been likely to have extra armed forces teams. Conversely, neither monetary dislocation/social disorganization nor monetary prosperity/social integration have been regarding the variety of military teams at the kingdom point. those findings recommend that courses looking to preempt military formation by means of supplying fiscal help will now not prevail. as an alternative, such courses needs to confront cultural concerns besides.

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147). Aho pursued the answer to this question by attempting to capture and measure the concepts of mass society theory in a number of variables. In response to mass society theory’s claims that “physical mobility tends to loosen local group affiliations and render migrants available to extremist appeals” (149; see Social Movement Theories and the Rise of the Militia Movement 45 also Hixson, Jr. 1992), Aho (1990) examined whether or not geographic mobility was related to Idaho Christian patriotism.

On these occasions, variously entrenched American groups have felt disinherited. These situations have in America been the typical well-springs of right-wing movements” (23-24; see also 29-31; 118; 131-132; 485). , the Quondam Complex), due to structural changes, who are the most prone to feel anxiety and frustration resulting from their declining group status (status preservatism). These individuals are more likely than others to join extreme right-wing groups and movements which are intolerant of opposing views, preach a moralistic philosophy, and promulgate conspiracy theories.

These theories are all consensus based and fall under the domain of the classical collective behavior school. They will be reviewed for two reasons. First, many of the theories and hypotheses that have been formulated to explain the emergence of the militia movement appear to flow from and can be related back to the earlier right-wing social movement theories. Second, most of the empirical work conducted on Social Movement Theories and the Rise of the Militia Movement 41 extreme right-wing social movements, from which some hypotheses will be drawn (and will be empirically tested on the militia movement), have utilized and referred to these right-wing social movement theories.

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