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: Politics, British Politics, History & Archaeology, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Terrorism, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / General, HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain / 20th Century, Society & social sciences / Political ideologies, Humanities / British & Irish history, Humanities / 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000, Society & social sciences / Politics & government


Pride in prejudice offers a concise introduction to extreme right cultures in Britain today, exploring the origins of this complex movement and the numerous groups and activists that make up Britain's contemporary extreme right. Showcasing the latest research, Pride in prejudice demonstrates that the movement has a long history in Britain. Jackson evaluates successes and failures in policy responses to the extreme right, and identifies the on-going risks posed by lone-actor terrorism.

In order to tackle the extreme right, Jackson argues, we must not only make ourselves aware of the changing ways the movement operates, but we must understand how the extreme right legitimises its perspectives in mainstream discourses that can implicitly and explicitly support its racist and extremist views.


'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

'As a leading scholar in the field, Jackson provides a timely, lively, and up-to-date account of the far right from the early twentieth century to the present, and this book is just what is needed to inform historians, researchers and politicians. With its thematic structure - including ideology, violence, gender, and online presence - it is both a primer and much more than that, and it will be an essential resource for many years to come.'
Julie Gottlieb, author of Feminine Fascism: Women in Britain's Fascist Movement

'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 twenty-five 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 and Fascism: An Introduction to Comparative Fascist Studies


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



Paul Jackson is Professor in the History of Radicalism and Extremism 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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