INDISPENSABLE KNOWLEDGE FOR PROGRESSIVE ACTIVISTS AND INTELLECTUALS: In going beyond journalistic stories of the movement and the people who make it up, Stern reveals key elements of the alt-right’s view of history, strategic thinking, intellectual lineages, ideologies, and tactics.
EXPERT AUTHOR: Stern has previously written on the history of eugenics and the misuse of theories of genetics and social difference. She is also the director of the Sterilization and Social Justice Lab at the University of Michigan.
“An important study that extends the knowledge from other recent books that have demonstrated a stubbornly pervasive network of white nationalists.”
“An important volume for anyone interested in the future of liberal democracy. Stern has fashioned an invaluable guide with which to unmask a new breed of racism.”
“Proud Boys and the White Ethnostate is the definitive guide to alt-right ideas today. Stern brilliantly documents how a younger generation of activists are repackaging the Far Right, waging a battle for cultural dominance. The internet is their home, where they mix fascist ideologies and faux scholarship to make their case for white/Christian/male dominance. Stern has analyzed an enormous swath of ethno-nationalist material, sparing the rest of us from having to engage in that odious task. Proud Boys is essential reading in the age of Trump.”
—Arlene Stein, author of Unbound: Transgender Men and the Remaking of Identity
“In this carefully researched book, the historian Alexandra Minna Stern studies a wide array of online web sites, documenting a rise in claims to whiteness as a basis of identity, as a claim to victimhood and as an argument for a ‘white ethnostate.’ Drawing ideas from films (‘red-pilling’ comes from The Matrix) and from the left (the need for ‘safe spaces’), the Alt-Right, she argues, is trying to normalize a frightening shift from talk of civic nationalism to talk of race-based nationalism. This is very important work we should all know about.”
—Arlie Hochschild, author of Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, finalist for the National Book Award.
“Timely, well-researched, and insightful, Proud Boys and the White Ethnostate is a brilliant study of the alt-right’s beginnings and current attempts to push its message of racial separation, misogyny, white nationalism, and xenophobia into the American mainstream. It should be read in schools and book clubs across the nation.”
—Leo R. Chavez, author of The Latino Threat: Constructing Immigrants, Citizens, and the Nation
“Proud Boys and the White Ethnostate lays bare the complex intellectual, theoretical, and political commitments of an ascendant alt-right and its use of culture, history, and identity to build power and win broad public consent. At its heart it is a sober warning about the ways that violence, patriarchy, and white supremacy continue to shape the American political imagination.”
—Daniel Martinez HoSang, coauthor of Producers, Parasites, Patriots: Race and the New Right-Wing Politics of Precarity
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