Angry White People

Coming Face-to-Face with the British Far Right

Hsiao-Hung Pai

Angry White People

Hsiao-Hung Pai

Distributed for Zed Books

With a Foreword by Benjamin Zephaniah
384 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2016
Paper $18.95 ISBN: 9781783606924 Published March 2016 For sale in North and South America only
A rising scourge to England’s social peace and multiculturalism, the English Defence League (EDL) has violently protested against Islam since its inception. In the fantastically daring Angry White People, Hsiao-Hung Pai follows a group of individuals who got caught up in the wave of far-right street movements that began in 2009. Pai investigated the rise of the EDL and other extremist organizations, falling in with several of their members and observing their day-to-day lives. 
 
Delving deep into five lives in this marginalized section of England’s white working class through research and interviews, Pai uncovers something surprising—their xenophobic ideologies are not an aberration in modern English society, but rather an ever-present facet that is continually reproduced, rejuvenated, and mainstreamed by the media and political powers.
Contents
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Foreword by Benjamin Zephaniah 

1. Born and Bred Here
2. Defending the Imaginary Nation
3. The Story of Bury Park
4. ‘The EDL Cannot Survive Here’
5. The Changing Faces of the Radical Right
6. The Colours of British Racism
7. The New Outsiders

Afterword
Index
Review Quotes
Robert Ford, coauthor of Revolt on the Right
“Pai gives us a rich, complex picture of the ‘left behind’ white voters and activists who have fuelled the resurgence of far right politics. Essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the economic, social and emotional forces which drive far right politics.”
Arun Kundnani, author of The Muslims are Coming! Islamophobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War on Terror
“One of Britain’s best investigative journalists, Pai addresses a defining issue of our time: the nature of extremism. Driven by an unrelenting curiosity that takes her deep into the world of her subjects, the result is one of the finest accounts of the British far Right.”
Daniel Trilling, author of Bloody Nasty People: The Rise of Britain’s Far Right
“With her calm and unflinching investigative journalism, Pai sheds light on the dynamics of class and racism in Britain today. Essential reading for anybody interested in the contemporary far right, and what feeds it.”
LSE Review of Books
“Ambitiously charting the movement over two years, investigative journalist Pai importantly counters . . . [the] trend with a rich, detailed account not simply of the EDL, but also of the relationships between the various people involved in or affected by it. Accessibly written, Angry White People documents a series of conversations and encounters that Pai experienced in Luton, the town in which the EDL was formed, and although never described directly as such, it consequently reads like an oral history of a far-right movement.”
Socialist Review
"Seeks to show how necessary it is to challenge the broader social issues that create the conditions in which racism can thrive. Angry White People is a useful addition to our anti-racist tool box."
Hassan Mahamdallie | Independent
"Angry White People is an enlightening, thoughtful and intelligent study in what makes the far right tick, their political strategy and aims, and how they build support for them."
David Renton | rs21
"An exemplary account of the working class milieu in which a version of the far right began."
Financial Times
"Pai has an engaging way with her journalism. . . . The virtue of Pai's work is that, because she has many conversations and reproduces them at length, complexity is uncovered."
New Internationalist
Angry White People is a lucid account of a deluded movement. . . . Hsiao-Hung Pai deserves high praise for going to some very dark places and bringing out invaluable information to aid the fight against racism and fascism.”
New Statesman
“Angry White People asks what draws people to organizations such as the English Defence League—and finds a long-felt disaffection. . . . Hsiao-Hung finds not only anger among residents at their present predicament, but also resentment and fear. This book is a timely one.”
The World Today
“Pai not only describes the origin of the EDL, what makes it ticks and its relation to other far-Right movements in Britain. She also daringly investigates the personal and societal circumstances that push many Britons to join their ranks. Her book is a true eye-opener and a reminder that much remains to be done.”
Left Foot Forward
“At a time when far-right politics are sweeping across Europe and beyond, this book provides an important insight into not only the likely driving forces behind such movements but also the effect they have on the mainstream.”
Times Literary Supplement
“With a fire raging under the migration debate, not just in Europe but around the world, Pai . . . offer[s a] timely contribution.”
 
Peace News
“The majority of the book is about the individuals who make up Britain’s far right—people who are seen at demos, fuelled up and ready for a ruck—but whose stories are rarely heard. They are angry, marginalized, and looking for reasons to blame for their poverty. Watching your home town change from a virtually white monoculture to a multi-cultural community with a large Muslim population offers an easy target.”
 
New Humanist
“Delving deep into the day-to-day of the most marginalized section of the white working-class, Pai concludes that their ideologies are not an aberration in modern British society.”
 
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