The New Minority

The New Minority

White Working Class Politics in An Age of Immigration and Inequality

Paperback - 2016
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It wasn't so long ago that the white working class occupied the middle of British and American societies. But today members of the same demographic, feeling silenced and ignored by mainstream parties, have moved to the political margins. In the United States and the United Kingdom, economicdisenfranchisement, nativist sentiments and fear of the unknown among this group have even inspired the creation of new right-wing parties and resulted in a remarkable level of support for fringe political candidates, most notably Donald Trump. Answers to the question of how to rebuild centrist coalitions in both the U.S. and U.K. have become increasingly elusive. How did a group of people synonymous with Middle Britain and Middle America drift to the ends of the political spectrum? What drives their emerging radicalism? And what couldpossibly lead a group with such enduring numerical power to, in many instances, consider themselves a "minority" in the countries they once defined? In The New Minority, Justin Gest speaks to people living in once thriving working class cities--Youngstown, Ohio and Dagenham, England--to arrive at anuanced understanding of their political attitudes and behaviors. In this daring and compelling book, he makes the case that tension between the vestiges of white working class power and its perceived loss have produced the unique phenomenon of white working class radicalization.
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2016]
ISBN: 9780190632540
Characteristics: xiii, 249 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm


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Aug 10, 2017

Very academic. Not a beach read.

Jan 09, 2017

Imagine . . . wanting a job, or at least the opportunity to compete for the possibility of a job, is considered drifting to the ends of the political spectrum by this author. [And just how many programs at George Mason University are funded by the Koch brothers????]
I contend that the author is part of the smoke-and-mirrors so accurately examined in Joan Roelofs' book, Foundations and Public Policy: The Mask of Pluralism. In other words, using identity politics to mask the destruction of the middle and working classes in America [and elsewhere]. The mantra: fight racism . . . . fight sexism . . . . but ignore workers' rights and inquality no long rings true for the majority, thank goodness.


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