American Antifa: The Tactics, Culture, and Practice of Militant Antifascism, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

American Antifa

The Tactics, Culture, and Practice of Militant Antifascism, 1st Edition

By Stanislav Vysotsky


240 pages

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Paperback: 9780367210601
pub: 2020-06-12
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Since the election of President Trump and the rise in racism and white supremacist activity, the militant anti-fascist movement known as antifa has become increasingly active and high profile in the United States. This book analyses the tactics, culture, and practices of the movement through a combination of social movement studies and critical criminological perspectives.

Based on extensive fieldwork and interviews with activists, this book is the first scholarly sociological analysis of contemporary antifascist activism in the United States. Drawing on social movement studies, subculture studies and critical criminology, it explains antifa's membership, their ideology, strategy, tactics and use of culture as a weapon against the far right. It provides the most detailed account of this movement and also cuts through much of the mythology and common misunderstandings about it.

This book will be of interest to scholars and students in sociology, political science, anthropology, criminology, and history; however, a general audience would also be interested in the explanation of what drives antifa tactics and strategy in light of the high-profile conflicts between fascists and antifascists.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction - Antifa Behind the Mask 2. Contemporary Fascist and Antifa movements 3. Antifa and Fascist Strategy and Tactics 4. Cultures of Fascism & Anti-Fascism 5. The Fascist Threat & Response 6. The anarchy police (revisited) 7. Conclusion: Anti-Fascism at the Intersections of Social Movements, Subculture, and Criminology

About the Author

Stanislav Vysotsky is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, USA. Dr. Vysotsky’s research on the militant antifascist movement and the relationship between threat, space, subculture, and social movement activism has been published in journals such as Interface: A Journal for and about Social Movements, Critical Criminology. He has also published research on fascist and supremacist movements in the Journal of Political and Military Sociology, Journal of Crime and Justice, Journal of Hate Studies, as well as several edited volumes.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Fascism and the Far Right

This new book series focuses upon fascist, far right and right-wing politics primarily within a historical context but also drawing on insights from other disciplinary perspectives. Its scope also includes radical-right populism, cultural manifestations of the far right and points of convergence and exchange with the mainstream and traditional right.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Democracy
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Nationalism
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Fascism & Totalitarianism
POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / European