Proud Boys and the White Ethnostate: How the Alt-Right Is Warping the American Imagination

Proud Boys and the White Ethnostate: How the Alt-Right Is Warping the American Imagination

by Alexandra Minna Stern

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Overview

What is the alt-right? What do they believe, and how did they take center stage in the American social and political consciousness?

Historian Alexandra Minna Stern excavates the alt-right memes that have erupted online and digs to the root of the far right’s motivations: their deep-seated fear of an oncoming “white genocide” that can only be remedied through aggressive action to reclaim white power. The alt-right has expanded significantly throughout America’s cultural, political, and digital landscapes: racist, sexist, and homophobic beliefs that were previously unspeakable have become commonplace, normalized, and accepted—endangering American democracy and society as a whole. When asked to address the Proud Boys and growing far right violence, President Trump directed the group to “stand back and stand by;” and just two weeks before President Joe Biden’s inauguration, a white supremacist mob breached the US Capitol—earning praise from the Proud Boys leader amongst threats of future violence. In order to dismantle the destructive movement that has invaded our public consciousness and threatens American democracy, we must first understand the core beliefs that drive the alt-right.

Through careful analysis, Stern brings awareness to the underlying concepts that guide the alt-right and its overlapping forms of racism, xenophobia, and transphobia. She explains the key ideas of “red-pilling,” strategic trolling, gender essentialism, and the alt-right’s ultimate fantasy: a future where minorities have been “cleansed” from the body politic and a white ethnostate is established in the United States. By unearthing the hidden mechanisms that power white nationalism, Stern reveals just how pervasive the far right truly is.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807063361
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 07/16/2019
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 1,194,168
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Alexandra Minna Stern is the author of the award-winning Eugenic Nation: Faults and Frontiers of Better Breeding in Modern America and Telling Genes: The Story of Genetic Counseling in America. She has contributed her insight into eugenics, ethnicity, and social movements to dozens of scholarly essays and interviews. Stern is the Carroll Smith-Rosenberg Collegiate Professor of American Culture, History, and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan, where she leads the acclaimed Sterilization and Social Justice Lab. Connect with her on her website minnastern.com.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION
The New and Old of White Nationalism

CHAPTER 1
Red Pills for the Masses: Metapolitical Awakenings

CHAPTER 2
Back to the Future: Reactionary Timescapes

CHAPTER 3
Whitopia: Ethnostate Dreamin’

CHAPTER 4
Cat Ladies, Wolves, and Lobsters: A Menagerie of Biological Essentialism

CHAPTER 5
Living the TradLife: Babies, Butter, and the Vanishing of Bre Faucheux

CHAPTER 6
Normalizing Nationalism: Alt-Right Creep

CONCLUSION
Decoding and Derailing White Nationalist Discourse

Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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