On this week’s episode of Yeah Nah, we talk to Stanislav Vysotsky [Twitter]. Stas is the author of American Antifa: The Tactics, Culture, and Practice of Militant Antifascism (Routledge, 2020):
Since the election of President Trump and the rise in racist and white supremacist activity, the militant antifascist movement known as antifa has become increasingly active and high profile in the United States. This book analyzes the tactics, culture, and practices of the movement through a combination of social movement studies and critical criminological perspectives.
Based on extensive fieldwork and interviews with activists, this book is the first scholarly sociological analysis of contemporary antifascist activism in the United States. Drawing on social movement studies, subculture studies and critical criminology, it explains antifa’s membership, their ideology, strategy, tactics and use of culture as a weapon against the far right. It provides the most detailed account of this movement and also cuts through much of the mythology and common misunderstandings about it.
This book will be of interest to scholars and students in sociology, political science, anthropology, criminology, and history; however, a general audience would also be interested in the explanation of what drives antifa tactics and strategy in light of the high-profile conflicts between fascists and antifascists.
You can read moar stuff by Stas here and he wrote about What – or who – is antifa? for The Conversation in June last year.
See also : Here’s what ‘antifa’ was really doing as Trump supporters attacked the US Capitol, Jordan Green, Raw Story, March 12, 2021 | How do you solve a problem like extremism?, Andy Fleming, Overland, March 11, 2021 | Andy Ngo’s Unmasked: The Next Phase of the Grift, Shane Burley, protean, March 3, 2021 | Antifa in America: Militant Anti-fascism Isn’t Terrorism, It’s Self-defense, Stanislav Vysotsky, Haaretz, July 3, 2019 | Symbiotic Radicalisation: The interplay between the radical political activism on the left and right fringes in Australia, Centre for Resilient and Inclusive Societies.
4.30pm, Thursday, March 18, 2021 /// 3CR /// 855AM / streaming live on the 3CR website
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