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Contesting the 'authentic' community: far-right spatial strategy and everyday responses in an era of crisis

Ince, Anthony ORCID: 2011. Contesting the 'authentic' community: far-right spatial strategy and everyday responses in an era of crisis. Ephemera: Theory & Politics in Organization 11 (1) , pp. 6-26.

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The idea that voting alone will eliminate far-right and fascist politics is fundamentally flawed. Politics takes place in the hearts and minds of people; in their streets, communities and homes. It inhabits the everyday constitution of authenticity and is partly articulated through the spatialities it produces. I illustrate this through a discussion of the recent history of British fascism’s decline and re-emergence, and its development of new spatial strategies. The British National Party’s re-branding mobilises around a particular idea of the authentic (white, British) community and subsumes into itself a dubious analysis of class divisions and interests. This re-branding can be seen as a particular form of territorialisation in the face of an increasingly fragmentary, mobile and globalised world, and is exaggerated in the wake of the global economic crisis which has had a disproportionate effect on working class communities. The struggle against the far right is in part a struggle over the spatial articulation of and claims to authenticity in differing understandings of working class values. Authenticity, I argue, is primarily a politico-discursive tool to which competing politics lay claim, perching on the ill-defined border between reality and artifice.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: University of Leicester and University of Essex
ISSN: 1473-2866
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 06 May 2023 03:15

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