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Is the white working class right-wing? And is it right-wing to even speak of the 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 Sissons is a poet, writer and educator based in London. He is the literary editor of GRASS Magazine, a publication specialising in the promotion of working-class creatives. Sissons has toured his spoken word poetry across Europe and delivered talks on widening participation in education and the arts at a number of academic and cultural institutions, including the V&A Museum and Sheffield Hallam University.
“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.”
“Tommy’s writing is clear, his thinking is original, his passion is deeply felt. He’s always moved me as a 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.”
“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.”