The term ‘white working-class’ is increasingly used in populist language to convey economic disadvantage and neglect by pro-immigration regimes. As British anti-racism activist and sociologist Vron Ware argues, it misrepresents the social and political realities of working class communities and distracts from middle-class hostility to immigration.
Lives on the line
Rather than concede the unpopularity of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the British government has retreated to higher ground to persuade the electorate of its patriotic duties, writes Vron Ware. A language of sacrifice and heroism serves to exclude those who oppose the wars.