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IS THE WHITE WORKING CLASS RIGHT-WING? AND IS IT RIGHT-WING TO EVEN SPEAK OF A “WHITE WORKING CLASS”?
In recent decades, as class consciousness has been suppressed and eroded, many white working-class men have turned their backs on the left in favour of the right and the far-right. Why is this?
A Small Man’s England is a polemic aimed at the structures of hierarchy that ceaselessly maintain power across Britain and elsewhere, and a call for multicultural solidarity amongst the working class. In analysing the roles that class, race, masculinity and nationality play in neoliberal Britain, Sissons offers a solution to the indoctrination of white working-class English men by the right and the far-right, and explores how working-class people can collectively shape a “Common England” — a country based on equality and justice for all.
"Tommy's writing is clear, his thinking is original, his passion is deeply felt. He's always moved me as poet, and now as a writer of prose I find him carefully considered, strong in his morals and aware of the complexities within the subjects he discusses."
"The most thoughtful intervention on white working-class masculinity I've come across in a long time. The author advances a compelling vision of what we can be. I felt addressed throughout."
“In times of revolution the voices from below find the gaps so they can speak. Tommy Sissons’ is a rare voice exploring white working-class masculinity in these turbulent times. He looks through the cracks opening and shouts ‘listen’, so please do.”
"Part-essay, part-prose, A Small Man's England is a unique and passionate, must-read polemic on the state we're in, how we got here and where and who we could be, that is both captivating and essential reading."