The New Minority: White Working Class Politics in an Age of Immigration and Inequality

Oxford University Press

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.