A Left for Itself: Left-wing Hobbyists and Performative Radicalism

A Left for Itself: Left-wing Hobbyists and Performative Radicalism

by David Swift

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Overview

In the first full length analysis of the rise of left-wing hobbyists, performative radicals and the 'Identity Left', A Left for Itself interrogates the connection between socio-economic realities and politico-cultural views and boldly asks what is a worthy politics, one for the follower count or one for effecting change. 'In the sometimes febrile environment of contemporary left politics, this book is a measured and evaluative contribution. David Swift cuts through the rhetoric of often violent and divisive exchanges to uncover the roots, motivations, diverse character and strengths and weaknesses of the current phenomenon of so-called ‘identity politics’.' Dr Stephen Meredith

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781789040746
Publisher: Hunt, John Publishing
Publication date: 10/25/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 264
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

David Swift is the Kreitman post-doctoral fellow at Ben Gurion University, in the faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. He has published in journals including the History Workshop Journal and the Women's History Review, as well as writing for The Independent and LabourList. Swift has taught at Queen Mary University of London and the University of Central Lancashire. He lives in Cambridge, UK.
David Swift is the Kreitman post-doctoral fellow at Ben Gurion University, in the faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. He has published in journals including the History Workshop Journal and the Women's History Review, as well as writing for The Independent and LabourList. Swift has taught at Queen Mary University of London and the University of Central Lancashire. He lives in Cambridge, UK.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Rich in the First Place

1 Got Any ID? 14

The Hobbyist Left and Ethnic Identity Politics

2 'Those Fucking Mugs' 50

Immigration and the Identity Left

3 The 'P' Word 73

The Left and Patriotism in Modern Britain

4 The Anti-imperialism of Fools 110

Israel, Palestine and Identity Leftism

5 Is This What a Feminist Looks Like? 137

Women's Activism and Left-wing Hobbyism

6 TERF Wars 157

Gender Identity, Hobbyists and the Feud dividing Feminists

7 The New Labour Aristocracy 176

Cultural Elitism and the Identity Left

Conclusion 213

Notes 224

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