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Pride in prejudice

Understanding Britain's extreme right

By Paul Jackson

Pride in prejudice
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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-5672-3
  • Pages: 248
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £14.99
  • Published Date: February 2022
  • BIC Category: Humanities / 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000, Humanities / British & Irish history, Society & social sciences / Politics & government, Society & social sciences / Political ideologies, HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain / 20th Century, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / General, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Terrorism, British Politics

Description

Pride in prejudice offers a concise introduction to the varied extreme right groups active in Britain today. It looks to the past, in order to explore the roots of this complex movement, while focusing on the numerous groups and activists that make up Britain's contemporary extreme right. This timely book examines the extreme right movement in terms of ideology and appeal, organisational styles, online and offline activism, approaches to leadership, types of supporters and gendered dynamics.

Jackson evaluates successes and failures in policy responses to the extreme right, and identifies the on-going risks posed by lone-actor terrorism. Showcasing the latest research, Pride in prejudice argues that Britain has never been immune from the extreme right, and demonstrates the movement has a long history in the country. While risks posed by the extreme right are manageable, Jackson concludes that this is only possible if we make ourselves aware of the ways the movement operates, and that by doing so we can also make our liberal democracy more robust.

Reviews

'An essential primer for students, campaigners, policymakers and anybody else who wants to understand why the extreme right is a persistent and dangerous presence on the UK's political landscape.'
Daniel Trilling, author of Bloody nasty people: The rise of Britain's Far Right

'At last a comprehensive, lucid and highly readable overview of the radical right wing populist and fascist right in Britain . It not only shows the continuity between interwar and post war movements and the varied forms which fascism and its close relatives can assume, but is informed by the major advances in the definition and understanding of generic fascism that have occurred in the last 25 years. A fundamental book for anyone concerned with or concerned by the 'far right' at any level of engagement with it.'
Roger Griffin, author of The Nature of Fascism (1991) and Fascism: An Introduction to Comparative Fascist Studies (2018)

Contents

Introduction
1 Roots
2 Reinventions
3 Modernisations
4 Leadership
5 Supporters
6 Gendered activism
7 Online activists
8 Violence
9 State and society responses
Conclusions

People
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

Author

Paul Jackson is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Northampton who specializes in the history and contemporary dynamics of fascism and the extreme right. He is the curator of the Searchlight Archive at the university, which is one of the UK's largest collections of material related to the recent history of extreme right groups. He has engaged widely with the media, including national and international press, as well as for BBC radio and television, and he has written articles for the Guardian and the Huffington Post. He has engaged widely with policymakers, professionals and activists, including creating bespoke training packages related to risks posed by the extreme right.

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