Rise and fall of the British National Party

Rise and fall of the British National Party : A sociological perspective

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This book offers a Gramscian sociological analysis of the electoral rise and 'fall' of the British National Party (BNP) in the Outer-East London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. Through a critical evaluation of the political-scientific theories that have so far dominated attempts to explain the electoral performance of far right parties, this book will assess the significance of the relationship between political parties and wider civil society. With reference to no fewer than 162 ethnographic conversations, 31 in-depth interviews with local voters and 18 months of political ethnographic observation, Rise and fall of the British National Party: A sociological perspective stresses the importance of how voters negotiate the objective structural, cultural and political conditions in which they find themselves. With up-to-date, relevant discussions of the politicisation of issues such as 'race' and 'nation', as well as the political terrain after the 2010 and 2015 general elections, the book demonstrates how class identification is a powerful feature of BNP supporters' disassociation with mainstream party politics. Offering an analysis of the BNP's rise and 'fall' at both the local and the national level, this book will be of interest to students and scholars in the areas of British politics, party politics, and fascism and the far right.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 156 x 234mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138898783
  • 9781138898783

About Stephen Ashe

Dr Stephen Ashe is a member of the Centre of Dynamics of Ethnicity, based at the University of Manchester. His doctoral thesis explored the electoral rise and a "falla (TM) of the British National Party in Barking and Dagenham. He is currently working on an archival and interview study seeking to recover the a "hidden historya (TM) of Britaina (TM)s anti-racist civil rights movement.show more

Table of contents

1.Theorising the electoral rise and 'fall' of the BNP in Barking and Dagenham - Towards a Gramscian approach 2. Methodology 3. The objective structural and cultural conditions in Barking and Dagenham: a historical perspective 4. Hegemony, local party politics and civil society, united fronts and popular fronts 5. Hegemony and ideology: the routine nature of the politics of 'race' and nation 6.Narratives of location and social change 7. Understandings of local politics and explanations for voting behaviour 8. The local political context after the electoral 'fall' of the BNP 9. The political impact of the BNP's electoral rise and 'fall' in the comparative international context 10. Conclusionshow more