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What do the attacks in London Bridge, Manchester and Westminster have in common with those at the Charlie Hebdo offices, the Finsbury Park Mosque attack and multiple US shootings?
They were all carried out by men with histories of domestic violence. Terrorism begins at home. Terrorism is seen as a special category of crime that has blinded us to the obvious - that it is, almost always, male violence. The extraordinary link between so many tragic recent attacks is that the perpetrators have practised in private before their public outbursts.
In these searing case studies, Joan Smith, feminist and human rights campaigner, makes a compelling and persuasive argument for a radical shift in perspective. Incomprehensible ideology is transformed through her clear-eyed research into a disturbing but familiar pattern.
From the Manchester bomber to the Charlie Hebdo attackers, from angry white men to the Bethnal Green girls, from US school shootings to the London gang members who joined ISIS, Joan Smith shows that, time and time again, misogyny, trauma and abuse lurk beneath the rationalisations of religion or politics. Until Smith pointed it out in 2017, criminal authorities missed this connection because violence against women is dangerously normalised. Yet, since domestic abuse often comes before a public attack, it's here a solution to the scourge of our age might be found. Thought-provoking and essential, Home Grown will lift the veil on a revelatory truth.
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Another great book by Joan Smith
Every time I read Smith's work my world view changes. This is a very insightful book that sheds light on why people fall into extremism. It also make a strong case that anti-terrorism efforts need to take a anti-misogynist approach and do more to tackle domestic and sexual violence.
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- Judith H.
Fascinating but frightening
This should be required reading for all police, teachers and politicians. I have long thought that any truly devout follower of any of the major religions could not possibly commit or condone acts of terrorism even if the perpetrator alleges a religious motive. But I had not been aware of the links with domestic violence/abuse. Given the current government and media obsession with anti-wokeness, anti-feminism and calling any man who expresses support for liberal values a snowflake I fear this issue will not be taken seriously and therefore no money will be forthcoming for support and training. So whilst it was very interesting this book has left me feeling a bit depressed.
- Amazon Customer
Emotional, thought provoking, excellent.
a really good evidenced based discussion around missed links between domestic abuse and terrorism