The making of anti-Muslim protest
Grassroots activism in the English Defence League
By Joel Busher
Routledge – 2016 – 192 pages
Series: Extremism and Democracy
The book is about the everyday experiences of grassroots extremists - particularly activists in the English Defence League (EDL). Based on a detailed ethnography and in-depth biographic narrative interviews, the book explores how and why activists have become and remained engaged with the EDL, and how participation in the EDL has impacted on their lives.
Introduction. The emergence of the EDL 1. ‘We’re not all fascists and hooligans’ 2. ‘The EDL is a human rights organisation’. The self-image of EDL activists 3. ‘You’re not English anymore’. Combining nationalism, patriotism and counter-jihad 4. ‘Taking our country back’. Empowerment and self-efficacy 5. ‘A chain of respect’. Grassroots organisation and accountability 6. Friendships and frictions. Making things personal 7. Violence, public disorder and the right to protest 8. The ‘threat’ of Islam. The threat of the EDL
Joel Usher is Research Fellow in the University of East London.