Alt-Right ‘cultural purity’, ideology and
mainstream social policy discourse:
towards a political anthropology
of ‘mainstremeist’ ideology
Julia Lux and John David Jordan
According to a well-rehearsed media trope, the ‘Alt-Right’ (‘alternative
right’) burst into a shocked public consciousness in the run-up to
the 2016 US presidential election (Caldwell, 2016; Collins, 2016).
Curiously, this phenomenon materialised in media consciousness
as a nebulous interconnectivity of white supremacists incubated in
the obscure ‘dark web’ before
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The book considers a range of current issues and critical debates in UK and international social policy field. It contains vital research, including discussions on the changing landscape of occupational as well as corporate welfare in the UK, the continuing impact of austerity on various social policy areas and the challenges currently faced by the NHS.
Published in association with the SPA, this comprehensive analysis of the current state of social policy will be of interest to students and academics in social policy, social welfare and related disciplines.
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What can comedy tell us about the politics of a nation?
In this book, James Brassett builds on his prize-winning research to demonstrate how British comedy can provide intimate and vital understandings of the everyday politics of globalization in Britain.
The book explores British comedy and Britain’s global politics from post-war imperial decline through to its awkward embrace of globalization, examining a wide variety of comedic mediums, such as the popular television show The Office and the online satire The Daily Mash. Touching on issues such as empire, the class system and capitalism, the author demonstrates how comedy offers valuable insights on how global market life is experienced, mediated, contested and accommodated.
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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is everywhere, yet it causes damage to society in ways that can’t be fixed. Instead of helping to address our current crises, AI causes divisions that limit people’s life chances, and even suggests fascistic solutions to social problems. This book provides an analysis of AI’s deep learning technology and its political effects and traces the ways that it resonates with contemporary political and social currents, from global austerity to the rise of the far right.
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