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

A critical exploration of the core ideas of the alt-right--necessary reading for all who seek to counter its appeal and expansion.

From a loose movement that lurked in the shadows in the early 2000s, the alt-right has achieved a level of visibility that has allowed it to expand significantly through America's cultural, political, and digital landscapes. Yet it is also mercurial and shape-shifting, encompassing a spectrum of ideas and believers that resonate with white supremacy, right-wing nationalism, and anti-feminism. The alt-right offers a big and porous tent to those who subscribe to varying forms of race- and gender-based exclusion and endorse white identity politics.

To understand the contemporary moment historian, Alexandra Minna Stern knew she needed to get under--to excavate--the alt-right memes and tropes that had erupted online. In Proud Boys and the White Ethnostate, she does just that, applying the tools of the scholar to explore the alt-right's central texts, narratives, constructs, and insider language. She explains the key ideas and strategies of metapolitics and "red-pilling," reveals why the tag line for their most prominent publisher is "books against time," looks closely at the paramount fantasy of the white nirvana, the ethnostate, and reveals how gender essentialism unveils the similarities between the alt-right and the alt-light. Lastly, she takes stock of the alt-right's concerted attempts to normalize the movement, by casting off the vestiges of neo-Nazism and 20th-century white power movements and seeking respectability.

Proud Boys and the White Ethnostate shows us the underlying concepts and constructs that guide the alt-right and provides a tool for all who wish to combat its overlapping forms of racism, xenophobia, transphobia, and deep-seated anti-egalitarianism.

Title:Proud Boys and the White Ethnostate: How the Alt-Right Is Warping the American Imagination
ISBN:9780807063361
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  • Peter Mcloughlin

    A study of Alt-right and its adjuncts of the Alt-light including the proud boys and their campaign to mainstream racist ideology and ethnonationalism and dream of an ethnostate. The movement has all t...

  • Susan

    At this point I can only make a comment. Here it is.When I came across this book on Eidelweiss today I thought it looked relevant to our politics in 2019 and downloaded it. Adding it to my to-be-read ...

  • Matt Fitz

    Set aside two other books to read this when my hold became available from the library as this seemed both timely and I had a time-restriction. I had a friend who I admire although we are political opp...

  • Warren Wulff

    This is the higher-level, academic treatment of the Alt Right I’ve been waiting for. Brand new and timely, it is well researched and very well written. There isn’t as much of a conversation about ...

  • Grant

    I wanted this to be longer. Stern does a great job of being almost purely informational when dissecting and explaining the actions, history and rhetoric of the Alt Right. As in depth as it is, sadly t...

  • Adora

    holy shit...

  • Andrew

    While this book is an unpleasant deep dive down the rabbit hole of alt-right and white nationalist thought and worldview, it is an important overview of the current state of this particular portion of...

  • Rachel Brill

    I got this with a few other books from the library and started with it because it was the shortest and I figured it would be a quick read. I was very wrong. This is one of the densest little books I'v...

  • Katherine Coble

    This is one of those Current Events Sociology books that is useful if you haven’t necessarily followed the subject in real time. If you’re a reader who has been engaged elsewhere this book is a go...

  • Allison

    A good (if slightly terrifying) overview of not just what the Alt-Right and white ethno-nationalists believe, but also the modern sociopolitical conditions that have allowed for the rise of these ideo...