The New Minority: White Working Class Politics in the Age of Immigration and Inequality

  • Starts: 12:00 pm on Thursday, October 20, 2016
  • Ends: 2:00 pm on Thursday, October 20, 2016
A lunchtime discussion hosted by the Initiative on Forced Migration and Human Trafficking with Justin Gest, author of The New Minority: White Working Class Politics in the Face of Migration and Crisis. Once at the middle of British and American societies, today white working class people have drifted to the margins and are transforming their countries’ politics in response to demographic change. How did this happen? And what could possibly lead a group with such enduring numerical power to, in many instances, consider themselves a “minority” in the countries they once defined? In The New Minority, Justin Gest reports findings from original surveys and full-immersion fieldwork among the white working class people of once thriving industrial cities to draw impactful conclusions about their political behavior in the face of controversies over immigration and inequality. He makes the case that tension between the vestiges of white working class power and its perceived loss have produced the unique phenomenon of their radicalization.
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