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White Working-Class VoicesMulticulturalism, community-building and change$
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Harris Beider

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447313953

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447313953.001.0001

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International perspectives on whiteness, class and politics

International perspectives on whiteness, class and politics

(p.97) Four International perspectives on whiteness, class and politics
White Working-Class Voices

Harris Beider

Policy Press

Despite differences in population, politics and ideology, the narratives of white working class loss, grievance about immigration and social change and political disconnection have been played out in many parts of Europe the United States. This chapter will consider the politics of white working class communities in the context of countries that are becoming ethnically diverse as a result of immigration. Sweden is regarded as a progressive and inclusive country with a tradition of a generous welfare state. Yet it has witnessed the emergence and growth of the extreme right anti-immigration party, the Sweden Democrats based on winning support from white working class communities. In the US, the Tea Party has become increasingly influential in national and local politics based on a mix of low taxes, extreme conservative and evangelical Christian positions on topical issues such as abortion, guns and immigration.

Keywords:   political disconnection, immigration, sweden democrats, tea party, ukip

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