White Youth: The Far Right, Punk and British Youth Culture, 1977-87

  title={White Youth: The Far Right, Punk and British Youth Culture, 1977-87},
  author={Matthew Worley and Nigel Copsey},
  journal={JOMEC Journal},
‘White Youth’ recovers and explains the relationship between far-right organisations and British youth culture in the period between 1977 and 1987. In particular, it concentrates on the cultural spaces opened up by punk and the attempts made by the National Front and British Movement to claim them as conduits for racist and/or ultra-nationalist politics. The article is built on an empirical basis, using archival material and a historical methodology chosen to develop a history ‘from below’ that… 
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