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Donald Trump, the anti-Muslim far right and the new conservative revolution

Pertwee, Edward ORCID: 0000-0002-9089-1649 (2020) Donald Trump, the anti-Muslim far right and the new conservative revolution. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 43 (16). 211 - 230. ISSN 0141-9870

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Identification Number: 10.1080/01419870.2020.1749688


This article explores the “counter-jihad”, a transnational field of anti-Muslim political action that emerged in the mid-2000s, becoming a key tributary of the recent far-right insurgency and an important influence on the Trump presidency. The article draws on thematic analysis of content from counter-jihad websites and interviews with movement activists, sympathizers and opponents, in order to characterize the counter-jihad’s organizational infrastructure and political discourse and to theorize its relationship to fascism and other far-right tendencies. Although the political discourses of the counter-jihad, Trumpian Republicanism and the avowedly racist “Alt-Right” are not identical, I argue that all three tendencies share a common, counterrevolutionary temporal structure. Consequently, like “classical” Italian Fascism and German National Socialism, they can be seen as historically and contextually-specific forms of “revolutionary conservatism”.

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Divisions: Sociology
Subjects: J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2020 08:21
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2024 21:09

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