Blackshirts for the twenty-first century? Fascism and the English Defence League

  title={Blackshirts for the twenty-first century? Fascism and the English Defence League},
  author={D. Alessio and K. Meredith},
  journal={Social Identities},
  pages={104 - 118}
  • D. Alessio, K. Meredith
  • Published 2014
  • Sociology
  • Social Identities
  • This paper examines the extent to which the English Defence League (EDL) may be considered fascist in form and ideology. First, it draws comparisons between the EDL and the squadristi of interwar Italy. Second, it explores how the EDL has negotiated a new political direction as it joins forces with the British Freedom Party (BFP). By adopting a theoretical framework of fascism as outlined by Roger Griffin, this work advocates that the EDL has transformed its single-issue anti-Islamist platform… CONTINUE READING
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