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American antifa: the tactics, culture, and practice of militant antifascism (2021)

in: Routledge studies in fascism and the far right

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Abstract

"Since the election of President Trump and the rise in racism and white supremacist activity, the militant anti-fascist movement known as antifa has become increasingly active and high profile in the United States. This book analyses the tactics culture, and practices of the movement through a combination of social movement studies and critical criminological perspectives. Based on extensive fieldwork and interviews with activists, this book is the first sociological analysis of contemporary antifascist activism in the United States. The text provides first scholarly social scientific account of the movement. Drawing on social movement studies, subculture studies and critical criminology, it explains antifa's membership, their ideology, strategy, tactics and use of culture as a weapon against the far right. It provides the most detailed account of this movement and also cuts through much of the mythology and common misunderstandings about it. This book will be of interest to scholars and students in sociology, political science, anthropology, criminology, and history; however, a general audience would also be interested in the explanation of what drives antifa tactics and strategy in light of high-profile conflicts between fascists and antifascists"--