‘The fire rises’: identity, the alt-right and intersectionality

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This article examines the ideology of the ‘alt-right,’ specifically in its relation to the importance of identity. Placing the alt-right within the context of the rising importance of identity within American society, the article discusses the alt-right as overlapping in significant ways with the identitarian elements within the American Left. Investigating the manner in which national/racial identity plays a central role in alt-right thinking and using the notion of ‘category-based epistemology’ for guidance, this article argues that the alt-right–rather than a quirk of the 2016 electoral cycle–is likely to increase in its importance as a ‘rightist’ form of intersectionality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-156
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Political Ideologies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2018


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Political Science and International Relations

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