Chicken suits and other aspects of situated credibility contests: Explaining local trajectories of anti-minority activism

Joel Busher, Gareth Harris, Graham Macklin

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Why do some towns become focal points for anti-minority activism at particular moments in time, when other towns with similar socio-economic conditions do not? While policy practitioners charged with responding to such activity frequently ask this question, it has received less academic attention. Consequently, an adequate response falls between different strands of the academic literature on anti-minority politics.
We explore this question through a comparative analysis of how and why Luton, a Bedfordshire town, became a focal point for the latest wave of organised anti-minority activism in the UK, centred around the English Defence League (EDL), while Blackburn with Darwen, a local authority in Lancashire with a history of extreme right political ‘successes’, did not.
We develop the concept of situated credibility contests to help us articulate the contingent relationships between potential explanatory variables and political outcomes, and describe how ‘demand-side’ and ‘supply-side’ variables interact through the strategic actions of anti-minority activists and their opponents.
LanguageEnglish
Pages193-214
Number of pages22
JournalSocial Movement Studies
Volume18
Issue number2
Early online date15 Oct 2018
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Social Movement Studies on 15/10/18, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14742837.2018.1530978

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Keywords

  • English Defence League
  • credibility contests
  • mobilisation
  • anti-minority activism
  • extreme right

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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Chicken suits and other aspects of situated credibility contests: Explaining local trajectories of anti-minority activism. / Busher, Joel; Harris, Gareth; Macklin, Graham.

In: Social Movement Studies, Vol. 18, No. 2, 01.01.2019, p. 193-214.

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