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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'David Swift rides a coach and horses through the self-indulgence, radical chic and bloviating of too much of today’s British left.' Professor John Bew, author of Citizen Clem, winner of the Orwell Prize 2017In 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781789040739
Publisher: Hunt, John Publishing
Publication date: 10/25/2019
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.57(d)

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.

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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