Loud and Proud

Passion and Politics in the English Defence League

Author: Hilary Pilkington

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781784994006

Category: Political Science

Page: 254

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The book uses interviews, informal conversations and extended observation at EDL events to critically reflect on the gap between the movement's public image and activists' own understandings of it. It details how activists construct the EDL, and themselves, as "not racist, not violent, just nolonger silent" inter alia through the exclusion of Muslims as a possible object of racism on the grounds that they are a religiously not racially defined group. In contrast activists perceive themselves to be "second-class citizens", disadvantaged and discriminated by a "two-tier" justice systemthat privileges the rights of "others". This failure to recognise themselves as a privileged white majority explains why ostensibly intimidating EDL street demonstrations marked by racist chanting and nationalistic flag waving are understood by activists as standing "loud and proud"; the only way of"being heard" in a political system governed by a politics of silencing.This book brings a new perspective because unlike most studies of "far right" movements, it focuses not on the EDL as an organisation - its origins, ideology, strategic repertoire and effectiveness - but on the individuals who constitute the movement. Its ethnographic approach challenges stereotypesand allows insight into the emotional as well as political dimension of activism. At the same time, the book recognises and discusses the complex political and ethical issues of conducting close-up social research with "distasteful" groups.The book will be of value to those researching or studying in the disciplines of Sociology, Political Science and Anthropology as well as those with an interest in contemporary political issues and the populist and radical right.

Friendship and Diversity

Class, Ethnicity and Social Relationships in the City

Author: Carol Vincent,Sarah Neal,Humera Iqbal

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319730010

Category: Social Science

Page: 243

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Do people make friends with those who are culturally and socially different to themselves? Friendship and Diversity explores the social relationships of adults and children living in highly diverse localities in London. The authors examine how social class and ethnic difference affects the friendships of children in primary schools and their parents. The book draws on original and in-depth conversations 8 and 9 year olds about their classroom relationships, with parents about their own and their children’s friendships, and with teachers about supporting children’s friendships at school. Through detailed discussions of friendships, everyday multiculture, and attitudes towards shared social space, cultural difference and social class, the authors reveal what these friendships tell us about the nature and extent of social mixing and social divisions in cities with diverse populations. Friendship and Diversity will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of disciplines, including sociology, geography and psychology, as well as education practitioners.

The divisive state of social policy

The ‘Bedroom Tax’, austerity and housing insecurity

Author: Bogue, Kelly

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 1447350537

Category: Political Science

Page: 208

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The ‘Bedroom Tax’ has been one of the most contentious aspects of the UK government’s austerity politics. In this book Kelly Bogue provides an authoritative assessment of its social impacts. Harnessing personal stories from one estate, The Divisive State of Social Policy traces the links between Housing Benefit reforms and inequality. It explores issues related to the Bedroom Tax including housing insecurity, poverty and damage to social networks. This is a vivid picture of the sharp end of austerity politics and welfare reform, and gets to the heart of the meanings of home and community in the UK today.