The alt-right has sadly become a household term. From a loose movement that lurked in the shadows in the early 2000s, it has achieved a level of visibility that has allowed it to expand significantly through America's cultural, political, and digital landscapes. But the alt-right is also mercurial and shape-shifting, encompassing a range of believers and ideas that overlap with white nationalism, white supremacy, and neo-Nazism. It provides a big and porous tent to those who subscribe to varying forms of race and gender-based exclusion. In Proud Boys and the White Ethno-State, historian Alexandra Stern begins with the premise that alt-right literature, most of which exists online, should be taken seriously as a form of intellectual production that has distinct lineages, assumptions, and objectives. Applying the tools of historical analysis, cultural studies, and other interdisciplinary approaches, she explores its conceptual frameworks, language, and narratives. In doing so, she is able to probe the deeper meanings and underlying constructs, concepts, and frameworks that guide the alt-right and animate its overlapping forms of racism, xenophobia, sexism, and other social hostilities. Like George Lakoff's Don't Think of an Elephant, Proud Boys and the White Ethno-State is a key tool for combating today's white supremacist ideologies.
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About the Author
Alexandra Minna Stern is an award-winning author. In addition to dozens of scholarly essays, she regularly contributes to the popular media through opinion pieces, blog posts, and interviews. She leads the Sterilization and Social Justice Lab at the University of Michigan whose work on eugenic sterilization in California has been featured in The Atlantic, The New York Times, and NPR, and many other media venues. Stern is Professor of American Culture, History, Women's Studies, and Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Michigan.
Frankie Corzo is an experienced narrator and actress who spent her childhood acting in theater productions, commercials, films, and voiceovers. Born to Cuban immigrant parents, she narrates and acts in both English and Spanish. Her work has been added to numerous best of lists, including Audible's for 2017 and 2018. Born and raised in New Jersey, she currently splits her time between New York and Los Angeles.
Table of Contents
The New and Old of White Nationalism
Red Pills for the Masses: Metapolitical Awakenings
Back to the Future: Reactionary Timescapes
Whitopia: Ethnostate Dreamin’
Cat Ladies, Wolves, and Lobsters: A Menagerie of Biological Essentialism
Living the TradLife: Babies, Butter, and the Vanishing of Bre Faucheux
Normalizing Nationalism: Alt-Right Creep
Decoding and Derailing White Nationalist Discourse