Hilary Pilkington
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Doing the hokey-cokey
Everyday trajectories of activism
in Loud and proud

This chapter provides a broad brush socio-demographic portrait of activists in this study set in the context of existing data on the composition of support for, and activism in, the far right. A more detailed introduction to the life stories of eight key respondents is provided in the form of short vignettes designed to help readers understand how activism sits within real lives. The chapter then considers the routes in (and often out again) of the movement among individual respondents as well as the costs and consequences of participation. It is concluded that there is not one ‘type’ of person that is attracted to a movement like the EDL; rather decisions to start, continue and draw back from activism are set within a complex web of local environment and personal and family psycho-dynamics.

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Loud and proud

Passion and politics in the English Defence League


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