Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Pg. 99: Elizabeth Pearson's "Extreme Britain"

Featured at the Page 99 Test: Extreme Britain: Gender, Masculinity and Radicalization by Elizabeth Pearson.

About the book, from the publisher:
Misogyny and ‘toxic masculinity’ are increasingly implicated in radicalisation. From the men’s incel (‘involuntary celibate’) movement online, to jihadist groups like Islamic State, to far right ‘Anti Islam’ protests —radicalisation spans ideologies. Women’s rights are increasingly challenged by extremist groups, and anti-feminism is a key feature of extreme rhetoric, which has also ‘gone mainstream’. Though an often-used term, the process of radicalisation is not well understood, and the role of gender and masculinities has often been ignored. This book uses primary research to explore extremism in the British context, with a study of banned Islamist group al-Muhajiroun, and those networked to it; and the anti-Islam radical right. The book reveals radicalisation as a masculinity project, particular forms of male power its goal.

Through interviews with leaders with transnational influence, including Anjem Choudary and Tommy Robinson, as well as the men and women who follow them, Extreme Britain explores the emergence of extreme misogyny and masculinities. Pearson situates extreme identities in wider social norms, showing how masculinities are mobilised into action. Understanding the men and women involved in extreme movements will better equip us to counter them. This fascinating case study offers invaluable insights into a transnational trend.
Learn more about Extreme Britain at the Oxford University Press website.

The Page 99 Test: Extreme Britain.

--Marshal Zeringue