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.
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