Once at the middle of British and American societies, today white working class people have drifted to the margins and are transforming their countries’ politics. How did this happen? And what could possibly lead a group with such enduring numerical power to, in many instances, consider themselves a “minority” in the countries they once defined? In The New Minority, Justin Gest reports findings from original surveys and full-immersion fieldwork among the white working class people of once thriving industrial cities to draw impactful conclusions about their political behavior. In this daring and compelling book, he makes the case that tension between the vestiges of white working class power and its perceived loss have produced the unique phenomenon of their radicalization.
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Reprinted from The New Minority: White Working Class Politics in an Age of Immigration and Inequality by Justin Gest, with permission from Oxford University Press. Copyright (C) 2016 by Oxford University Press.
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“Justin Gest brings to his craft a rare combination of scientific rigor and journalistic storytelling, which is why The New Minority stands out. It’s a deeply revealing account of what’s happened in our communities and in our politics.” —Matt Bai, national political columnist for Yahoo News
“A must-read to understand the brutal reality at the center of the 2016 election. With both sympathy and objectivity, Gest explains the tragedy beneath the anger expressed by the white working class.” —Bill Greider, national correspondent for The Nation
“If you want to understand the populist right surge and centre-Left slump in Europe, rising white suicide rates and Trump support in America, read this incredibly timely book.” —Eric Kaufmann, University of London
“Gest transcends the usual arguments about the defensiveness and disaffection of working class white people to develop a schema for understanding them. The result is a powerfully persuasive analysis of the most controversial group in American and British politics. —Monica McDermott, University of Illinois
“The New Minority gets to the core of what is driving white working-class politics in the U.S. and Europe: the experience of marginalization and the sense of loss. Gest gets there, not just by analyzing data, but by actually talking to working class people and grasping the texture of their lives.” —Bill Schneider, contributing columnist for Reuters, former senior political analyst for CNN
In the interest of research transparency, formal interview data is available at the following links for ethnographic studies of Youngstown, Ohio and East London, England. Note that this databank features only formally recorded interview content from non-attributable (aliases) and attributable sources (prominent public figures). It does not include passive observations, the recording of real events, off-the-record interviews, archival and secondary research, and conclusions that were drawn from full-immersion fieldwork. Quantitative data will also be posted soon.