Why Even Misleading Identity Claims Matter: The Evolution of the English Defence League

@article{Busher2018WhyEM,
  title={Why Even Misleading Identity Claims Matter: The Evolution of the English Defence League},
  author={J. Busher},
  journal={Political Studies},
  year={2018},
  volume={66},
  pages={323 - 338}
}
  • J. Busher
  • Published 2018
  • Sociology
  • Political Studies
When activists in radical, far or extreme right groups claim identities that set them apart from such analytical categories, they are usually given short shrift by commentators and academics, a function of the presumed strategic nature of such claims and the evidential inaccuracies that scrutiny of such claims often reveals. Such responses help ensure critical readings of these groups. However, they also risk overlooking the fact that even where such identifications appear misleading, they may… Expand
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