American Antifa: The Tactics, Culture, and Practice of Militant Antifascism (Routledge Studies in Fascism and the Far Right)

November 1, 2020
American Antifa: The Tactics, Culture, and Practice of Militant Antifascism (Routledge Studies in Fascism and the Far Right)

Since the election of President Trump and the rise in racism andwhite supremacist activity, the militant anti-fascist movementknown as antifa has become increasingly active and high profile inthe United States. This book analyses the tactics, culture, andpractices of the movement through a combination of social movementstudies and critical criminological perspectives.Based on extensive fieldwork and interviews with activists, thisbook is the first scholarly sociological analysis of contemporaryantifascist activism in the United States. Drawing on socialmovement studies, subculture studies and critical criminology, itexplains antifa's membership, their ideology, strategy, tactics anduse of culture as a weapon against the far right. It provides themost detailed account of this movement and also cuts through muchof the mythology and common misunderstandings about it.This book will be of interest to scholars and students insociology, political science, anthropology, criminology, andhistory; however, a general audience would also be interested inthe explanation of what drives antifa tactics and strategy in lightof the high-profile conflicts between fascists andantifascists.