The Rise of the Right

The English Defence League and the Transformation of Working-Class Politics

Simon Winlow, Steve Hall, and James Treadwell

The Rise of the Right

Simon Winlow, Steve Hall, and James Treadwell

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

176 pages | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4
Paper $22.95 ISBN: 9781447328483 Will Publish February 2017 For sale in North and South America only

One of the biggest political stories of the past few decades in the United Kingdom and elsewhere has been the growing divide between the working class and the mainstream liberal left, which historically has spoken for them. This book offers a close analysis of that phenomenon by showing how the political scene looks to underemployed white men who have seen their standards of living fall in recent years even as their communities have fractured around them. Rather than cast aspersions or mount arguments about the larger success of society as a whole, The Rise of the Right takes these men and their concerns seriously, showing where their opinions are factually wrong but arguing powerfully that liberal politics must find a way of acknowledging and addressing their legitimate fears and frustrations.

Review Quotes
Neil Clark, journalist
“In their brilliantly researched work, the authors show what a disaster the ‘mainstream’ left’s embrace of liberalism has been for traditional working-class communities.”
Elaine Campbell, Newcastle University
“Compelling reading. . . . A provocative, invigorating, and critical analysis of contemporary political landscapes where simplistic left/right distinctions no longer apply.”
Lisa Mckenzie, London School of Economics and Political Science, author of “Getting By”
“An honest book that critiques, questions, and debates the relationship between an unfair neoliberal society, working-class people, and the rise of the right.”
Danny Dorling, University of Oxford, author of “Injustice”
“A fast(er) moving, novel take on how New Labour and the liberal left media created the circumstances in which the English Defense League would grow and of how the UK Independence Party and the English Defense League are linked.”
Steve Redhead, Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia
“This brilliant book shows why the downfall of the left is a post-global financial crisis and post-Brexit condition which, without action, could become permanent.”
Mark Carrigan, digital fellow, Sociological Review
“An unapologetically bleak account of contemporary Britain, cutting angrily and incisively through the thickets of liberal dogma. Essential reading.”
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