The New Minority

White Working Class Politics in an Age of Immigration and Inequality
 
 
Oxford University Press Inc
  • erschienen am 10. November 2016
 
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  • Softcover
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  • XIII, 249 Seiten
978-0-19-063255-7 (ISBN)
 
In this daring and insightful book, Justin Gest studies white working class people's attitudes and political behavior in the United States and Britain. Based on ethnographies and original surveys, the book offers a rich, nuanced and generalizable account of the marginality sensed by one of society's most misunderstood groups.
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Justin Gest is Assistant Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University's Schar School of Policy and Government. He is also the author of Apart: Alienated and Engaged Muslims in the West.
Preface

Chapter 1 Introduction: Political Marginality in the Post-Traumatic City

Chapter 2 The New Minority: A Counter-narrative and its Politics

Chapter 3 Peripheral Visions: The Politics of Displacement in East London

Chapter 4 After the Fall: The Politics of Insecurity in Youngstown, Ohio

Chapter 5 Institutions: Structures of a Crumbling Polity

Chapter 6 Identities: Prisms of Culture and Class

Chapter 7 Deprivations: Alternative Understandings of Social Hierarchy

Chapter 8 Measuring Marginality: American and British Support for the Radical Right

Chapter 9 The Untouchables: Who Can Appeal to the White Working Class?

Appendix A: Methods

Appendix B: Regression Tables

Appendix C: Interview Topic Guide

Notes

Works Cited

Index
White working-class resistance movements are convulsing politics in the U.S. and Europe Donald Trump, neo-fascism, anti-immigrant backlash, white identity politics. Whats driving it? Gests book gets to the core of the matter: the experience of marginalization and the sense of loss. He gets there, not just by analyzing data, but by actually talking to working class people and grasping the texture of their lives. * Bill Schneider, veteran political journalist, and Visiting Professor of Communication Studies, University of California, Los Angeles * Justin Gest brings to his craft a rare combination of scientific rigor and journalistic storytelling, which is why The New Minority stands out. Its a deeply revealing account of whats happened in our communities and in our politics. * Matt Bai, national political columnist for Yahoo News, and author of All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid * With both sympathy and objectivity, Justin Gest explains the tragedy beneath the anger of the white working class. They have not only lost good jobs and incomes, but also their middle class social status and the respect and gratitude of the larger society. Political elites pretend to be surprised and bewildered by them. Yet it is those same governing elites who engineered this great injury to working people. This will be illuminating reading for anyone who seeks to
understand the motivations and the possible impact of this new minority, particularly in light of the upcoming presidential election. * Bill Greider, national correspondent for The Nation, and author of On World, Ready or Not: The Manic Logic of Global Capitalism * An incredibly timely book. White working class dynamics explain the populist right surge and centre-Left slump in Europe. They underpin rising white suicide rates and Trump support in America. Justin Gest asks poor whites the penetrating questions that help us understand. * Eric Kaufmann, University of London, author of Changing Places: The White British Response to Ethnic Change * In The New Minority, Justin Gest transcends the usual arguments about the defensiveness and disaffection of the working class to develop a schema for understanding multiple forms of white working class political expression. Based on a fascinating set of interviews with working class residents of London and Youngstown, Ohio, Gest deftly connects their voices of frustration and resignation to their political beliefs and behavior. The result is an important
analysis of an increasingly vocal and visible group in American and British politics. * Monica McDermott, Department of Sociology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign * The New Minority is an important contribution to postelection and post-Brexit analyses and to literature on the social and political effects of economic restructuring more broadly. * Claudine Pied, University of Wisconsin Platteville, American Journal of Sociology *

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