'An enlightening, thoughtful and intelligent study.' The Independent There is a new anger brewing in Britain. In the pubs and estates, the cafes and football stadiums, the mood is unsettled. People kick back increasingly against whoever or whatever is presented as the latest scapegoat. Delving deep into the day-to-day of the most marginalized section of the white working class, Angry White People offers an unparalleled survey of this anxious, uncertain, febrile Britain. From far-right street fighters to UKIP activists, Hsiao-Hung Pai conducts a fantastically daring investigation. Amongst those she follows are Darren, a Lutonian who helped found the English Defence League (EDL) but is now a dedicated anti-racist Labour activist, and Tommy Robinson, infamous founder of the EDL, whom Pai observes changing from a young, foul-mouthed kid to a suited-and-booted Oxford Union guest speaker. Uncovering disturbing levels of racism in our society which must be confronted, Pai also identifies legitimate concerns arising from exclusion and inequality in a post-industrial economy. Angry White People is the essential account of social discontent in Britain today.
Hsiao-Hung Pai is a writer best known for her books Chinese Whispers: The True Story behind Britain's Hidden Army of Labour, which was shortlisted for the 2009 Orwell Prize, and Scattered Sand: The Story of China's Rural Migrants, which won the Bread and Roses Award in 2013. Pai's third book, Invisible: Britain's Migrant Sex Workers, was published in 2013. As part of her research for the book, Pai worked undercover as a maid in brothels all over the country. Pai's first work of fiction, Hidden Army of Labour, was published in the Chinese language in Taiwan and China. Pai has lived in the UK since 1991. She is a contributor to the Guardian and many UK-Chinese publications.
* Acknowledgements* Foreword by Benjamin Zephaniah*1. Born and Bred Here*2. Defending the Imaginary Nation*3. The Story of Bury Park*4. 'The EDL Cannot Survive Here'*5. The Changing Faces of the Radical Right*6. The Colours of British Racism*7. The New Outsiders* Afterword* Index
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