Book Reviews and Book Notes This section provides review coverage of recent contributions to research into various aspects of ‘extremism and democracy’. We include shorter book notes (150-300 words) and as well as more substantial reviews (600-900 words) of books that are of particular interest to group members. In addition to providing a broad range of reviews the team also welcome suggestions for future book reviews (including your own) or ideas for review symposia. If you would like to review one of the currently available titles (below) please contact Sarah de Lange (Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute and University of Amsterdam, email:firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com). The current issue of eExtreme contains reviews of the books listed below. Please click on the title of the book to directly navigate to the book review you are interested in. Kathleen B. Blee, Women of the Klan: Racism and Gender in the 1920s, New Edition, University of California Press, 2009, xiv+228 pp., ISBN: 978-0-520-25787-0. Jennifer S. Holmes, Sheila Amin Gutiérrez de Piñeres, and Kevin M. Curtin. Guns, Drugs and Development in Colombia, University of Texas Press, 2008, 206 pp., ISBN: 978-0-292-71871-5. Diego Muro, Ethnicity and Violence. The Case of Radical Basque Nationalism, Routledge, 2008, 264 pp., ISBN: 978-0-415-39066.
Kathleen B. Blee, Women of the Klan: Racism and Gender in the 1920s, New Edition, University of California Press, 2009, xiv+228 pp., ISBN: 978-0-520-25787-0.
Reviewed by James Rhodes (Leeds University)
Kathleen Blee, distinguished professor of Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh, first published Women of the Klan in 1991. The book, since cited as one of its most distinguished publications by University of California Press, has been reprinted with a new preface. The book provides a social history of the Women’s Ku Klux Klan (WKKK) during the 1920s, using a rich data set drawn from newspaper archives, party records, and interviews with women who participated in the movement during this era. This reissue is timely in light of the resurgence of extreme-right political organizations in recent decades, particularly in Western Europe.