The Alt-Right

The Alt-Right : What Everyone Needs to Know (R)

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In recent years, the so-called Alt-Right, a white nationalist movement, has grown at an alarming rate. Taking advantage of high levels of racial polarization, the Alt-Right seeks to normalize explicit white identity politics. Growing from a marginalized and disorganized group of Internet trolls and propagandists, the Alt-Right became one of the major news stories of the 2016 presidential election. Discussions of the Alt-Right are now a regular part of political
discourse in the United States and beyond.

In The Alt-Right: What Everyone Needs to Know (R) , George Hawley, one of the world's leading experts on the conservative movement and right-wing radicalism, provides a clear explanation of the ideas, tactics, history, and prominent figures of one of the most disturbing movements in America today. Although it presents itself as a new phenomenon, the Alt-Right is just the latest iteration of a longstanding radical right-wing political tradition. The Alt-Right represents a genuine
challenge to pluralistic liberal democracy, but its size and influence are often exaggerated. Whether intentionally or not, President Donald Trump energized the Alt-Right in 2016, yet conflating Trump's variety of right-wing politics with the Alt-Right causes many observers to both overestimate the Alt-Right's size
and downplay its radicalism.

Hawley provides a tour of the contemporary radical right, and explains how it differs from more mainstream varieties of conservatism. In dispassionate and accessible language, he orients readers to this disruptive and potentially dangerous political moment.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 141 x 211 x 17mm | 280g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0190905204
  • 9780190905200
  • 32,813

Table of contents

Chapter 1: What is the Alt-Right and Where Did it Come From?Chapter 2: "White Nationalism 1.0" The Movement's PredecessorsChapter 3: Racist Movements AbroadChapter 4: Other Influences on the Alt-RightChapter 5: The Alt-Right and the InternetChapter 6: The Alt-Right OfflineChapter 7: The Alt-Right and ConservatismChapter 8: The Alt-Right and Donald TrumpChapter 9: The Alt-LiteChapter 10: Combating the Alt-RightChapter 11: Racism and a Changing America: The State of the Social Science
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"The Alt-Right: What Everyone Needs to Know should be read by anyone curious about the genesis and growth of the movement it examines. Comprehensive and approachable, it provides the reader opposed to fascism but uncertain as to why with information and knowledge certain to enhance one's understanding of the movement and, importantly, why it must be fought."--CounterPunch
"Structured like a primer - part glossary, part who's who - [The Alt-Right] situates the loose-knit tendency known as the "alternative right" within the broader context of American conservatism."--The Guardian
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About George Hawley

George Hawley is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Alabama. His research interests include demography, electoral behavior, immigration, the conservative movement in America, and the radical right. He is also the author of five scholarly books. Hawley's work has appeared in The New York Times, New York Daily News, and Foreign Affairs.
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