Reactive Identity Movements

  • Julian Richards


The fourth chapter takes social movement theory as a mechanism for considering ways in which intersubjective identity interactions deliver a reactive identity politics, manifested most notably in the contemporary West as Far Right and populist politics. In security terms, such processes can also lead to “cumulative extremism” as a major security threat to society. In the British context, the recent rise of the English Defence League (EDL) on the populist right is taken as an indicative example of a dangerously reactive identity politics and narrative.


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  • Julian Richards
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  1. 1.University of BuckinghamBuckinghamUnited Kingdom

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