Reading List

Racism And The Rise Of The Right: A Verso Reading List


After Brexit, the election of Donald Trump and the spike in popularity of extreme-right parties across Europe, the question on everyone’s minds is: how did this happen? This reading list connects that with a more international focus - looking at the rise of racism on the streets, in political organisations and within state apparatus, as well as the ramifications for migrants and other minority groups. Starting with a new book from Liz Fekete on the rise of racism in Europe, this list also aims to offer hope and some pointers for resistance and protest. 

An expansive investigation of the ways in which a newly configured right interconnects with anti-democratic and illiberal forces at the level of the state, Europe’s Fault Lines provides much-needed answers, revealing some uncomfortable truths.

Old racisms may be structured deep in European thought, but they have been revitalised and spun in new ways: the war on terror, policing, the cultural revolution from the right, and the migration-linked demonisation of the destitute “scrounger.” Drawing on more than three decades of work for the Institute of Race Relations, Liz Fekete exposes the fundamental fault lines of racism an tarianism in contemporary Europe.

The State and Ultra-Right Vigilantism: read an excerpt from Europe's Fault Lines here.

The story of the remarkable resurgence of right-wing extremists in the United States.

A heartbreaking, full-color graphic novel of the refugee drama. Threads addresses one of the most pressing issues of modern times to make a compelling case, through intimate evidence, for the compassionate treatment of refugees and the free movement of peoples.

A major exploration of the refugee crisis, focusing on how borders are formed and policed.

Powerful critique of UK and US surveillance and repression of Muslims and prosecution of homegrown terrorism.

Dan Trilling on the rise and fall of the British National Party and the English Defence League.

Millions of immigrants risk deportation and imprisonment by living in the US without legal status. Underground America presents the remarkable oral histories of men and women struggling to carve a life for themselves in the US.

Combining firsthand accounts from activists with the research of scholars and reflections from artists, Policing the Planet traces the global spread of the broken-windows policing strategy, first established in New York City under Police Commissioner William Bratton. It’s a doctrine that has vastly broadened police power the world over—to deadly effect.

In State of Insecurity, Isabell Lorey explores the possibilities for organization and resistance under the contemporary status quo, and anticipates the emergence of a new and disobedient self-government of the precarious.

Inside Babylon is a radical ndictment which moves beyond over-simplified and misleading stereotypes to identify and explore the impressive struggles of black people of Britain.

A dissection of the racism that has deformed a century of border policy.

With racial justice struggles on the rise, a probing collection considers the past and future of Black radicalism.

FREE EBOOK: The Anti-Inauguration presents an initial discussion of what resistance should look like in the age of Trump—and what kind of future we should be fighting for. Featuring contributions from Naomi Klein, Jeremy Scahill, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Anand Gopal, and Owen Jones.

A fully updated compendium of revolt and resistance, this anthology - global in scope - presents voices of dissent from every era of human history: speeches and pamphlets, poems and songs, plays and manifestos.

A longtime movement insider's powerful account of the origins of today's protest movements and what they can achieve now.