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.
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
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.