Page 1

This section includes book notes of 150-300 words as well as some book reviews of 600-900 words on books of particular interest to the members of our group. If you have either suggestions for books you would like to review or see reviewed (including recent books of your own), please contact Nigel Copsey. Book Notes Kathleen M. Blee, Inside Organized Racism: Women in the Hate Movement, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003, 272 pp., 19.95 USD, ISBN 0520240553 (pbk). Reviewed by Alana Jeydel (Oregon State University) This book is the first study of women inside the Racist movement in the United States. Blee’s analysis is a thought provoking and insightful one, not just because of its examination of women and their roles in the Hate movement in the U.S., but also for its critical analysis of the ways in which gender shapes their roles. Via in-depth interviews with 34 women from the Hate movement, Blee seeks to uncover what led these women to join the movement and what their place in the movement is. Blee skillfully incorporates passages from her interviews into the text, while being careful not to glorify the actions of these women. She convincingly notes the ways in which gender has shaped women’s experiences and roles in the movement. For example, in her discussion of women’s accounts of being a racist, she notes that while male racial activists find their activism empowering, women “feel hopeless about the ‘degenerate’ society that surrounds them and the possibility of changing it” (p.50). Important contributions of Blee’s study are that recruitment into racist groups is not markedly different than recruitment into churches, mainstream social movements and the like. Further, members of these racist groups do not necessarily come from racist backgrounds. And finally, members of racist groups do not have a greater familiarity or uniform acceptance of their group’s ideologies than members of political parties, religions and the like do of their’s. Blee’s study does not leave the reader wondering what can be done about the hate movement. In her conclusion, Blee outlines five main lessons that she learned from her interviews and each lesson points to a strategy that could help stop organized racism. This is an important and useful read for anyone studying extreme right-wing movements and is particularly useful to those scholars who are interested in women’s roles in such movements. Walter Laqueur, No End to War: Terrorism in the Twenty-First Century. London: Continuum, 2003, 288 pp., 16.99 GBP, ISBN 0826414354 (hbk). Reviewed by Pete Lentini (Monash University)

2005 06 01 book reviews  
Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you