Beyond Hate: White Power and Popular Culture (2015)

Here’s the abstract for the book Beyond Hate: White Power and Popular Culture (2015) by C. Richard King & David J. Leonard:

Beyond Hate offers a critical ethnography of the virtual communities established and discursive networks activated through the online engagements of white separatists, white nationalists, and white supremacists with various popular cultural texts, including movies, music, television, sport, video games, and kitsch. Outlining the ways in which advocates of white power interpret popular cultural forms, and probing the emergent spaces of white power popular culture, it examines the paradoxical relationship that advocates of white supremacy have with popular culture, as they finding it to be an irresistible and repugnant reflection of social decay rooted in multiculturalism. Drawing on a range of new media sources, including websites, chat rooms, blogs and forums, this book explores the concerns expressed by advocates of white power, with regard to racial hierarchy and social order, the crisis of traditional American values, the perpetuation of liberal, feminist, elitist ideas, the degradation of the family and the fetishization of black men. What emerges is an understanding of the instruments of power in white supremacist discourses, in which a series of connections are drawn between popular culture, multiculturalism, sexual politics and state functions, all of which are seen to be working against white men. A richly illustrated study of the intersections of white power and popular culture in the contemporary U.S., and the use of use cyberspace by white supremacists as an imagined site of resistance, Beyond Hate will appeal to scholars of sociology and cultural studies with interests in race and ethnicity, popular culture and the discourses of the extreme right.

Regarding the authors:

C. Richard King is Professor of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies at Washington State University, USA. He is the co-author of Animating Difference: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Films for Children, the editor of Native Athletes in Sports and Society, Post-Colonial America, and co-editor of Team Spirits: The Native American Mascots Controversy and Commodified and Criminalized: African American Athletes and New Racism. David J. Leonard is Associate Professor and chair in the Department of Critical Culture, Gender and Race Studies at Washington State University, Pullman. He is the author of After Artest: The NBA and the Assault on Blackness and several other works.

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