Whiteshift Populism, immigration, and the future of white majorities

Eric P. Kaufmann

Book - 2019

This is the century of whiteshift. As Western societies are becoming increasingly mixed-race, demographic change is transforming politics. Over half of American babies are non-white, and by the end of the century, minorities and those of mixed race are projected to form the majority in the UK and other countries. The early stages of this transformation have led to a populist disruption, tearing a path through the usual politics of left and right. One of the most crucial challenges of our time is... to enable conservatives as well as cosmopolitans to view whiteshift as a positive development. In this groundbreaking book, political scientist Eric Kaufmann examines the evidence to explore ethnic change in Western Europe and North America.

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Published
New York : Abrams Press 2019.
Language
English
Physical Description
vi, 618 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 541-594) and index.
ISBN
9781468316971
1468316974
9781419741920
1419741926
Main Author
Eric P. Kaufmann (author)
  • The century of whiteshift
  • Part I:
  • Fight.
  • Prequel to whiteshift : from WASP to white in American history ;
  • The rise of Trump : ethno-traditional nationalism in an age of immigration ;
  • Britain : the erosion of English reserve ;
  • The rise and rise of the populist right in Europe ;
  • Canadian exceptionalism : right-wing populism in the Anglosphere
  • Part II:
  • Repress.
  • Left-modernism : from nineteenth-century Bohemia to the campus wars ;
  • Left-modernism versus the populist right
  • Part III:
  • Flee.
  • Hunkering down : the geographic and social retreat of white majorities
  • Part IV:
  • Join. Mixing or moulding? : interracial marriage in the west ;
  • The future of white majorities ;
  • Will 'unmixed' whites go extinct? ;
  • Navigating whiteshift : inclusive majorities in inclusive nations.
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In this ambitious and provocative work, politics professor Kaufmann (The Rise and Fall of Anglo-America) delves into white anxiety about the demographic decline of white populations in Western nations. He argues that liberal immigration and refugee policies threaten whites' "ethno-traditional nationalism"—their emotional attachment to a nation in which their ethnic identity predominates—which has fueled the growth of populist right-wing political movements. The author chastises "left-modernist" elites in academia and the media for curtailing frank discussion about immigration, popularizing a dangerously broad and "ethereal" definition of racism, and insisting on what he describes as an "asymmetrical multiculturalism" in which whites must celebrate other groups' identities while rejecting their own. Although demographic trends predict mixed-race Western majorities in the coming decades, Kaufmann theorizes that Westerners will broaden their racial definition of whiteness, enfolding new populations into a white-identifying majority. He suggests that whites' fears of cultural transformation can be ameliorated by restricting immigration and promoting a "multi-vocal" nationalism that legitimizes both conservatives' ethnic identities and liberals' cosmopolitan vision. Although it has a marked point of view, this is a data-driven work, informed by public opinion studies and theoretical insights from psychology, philosophy, and anthropology. This challenging book is likely to make a big splash and certain to appeal to quantitatively inclined centrists and conservatives longing for an academic defender. (Feb.) Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

The author of Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth? demonstrates how informed perspective changes about ethnic diversity and populism have the potential to reunite the partisan West and heal today's political anxieties.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Discusses how demographic change is transforming politics in the West, causing a populist disruption as conservative whites redraw political lines, and traces four ways to handle ethnic transformation.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Whiteshift: the turbulent journey from a world of racially homogeneous white majorities to one of racially hybrid majorities This is the century of whiteshift. As Western societies are becoming increasingly mixed-race, demographic change is transforming politics. Over half of American babies are non-white, and by the end of the century, minorities and those of mixed race are projected to form the majority in the UK and other countries. The early stages of this transformation have led to a populist disruption, tearing a path through the usual politics of left and right. Ethnic transformation will continue, but conservative whites are unlikely to exit quietly; their feelings of alienation are already redrawing political lines and convulsing societies across the West. One of the most crucial challenges of our time is to enable conservatives as well as cosmopolitans to view whiteshift as a positive development. In this groundbreaking book, political scientist Eric Kaufmann examines the evidence to explore ethnic change in North American and Western Europe. Tracing four ways of dealing with this transformation—fight, repress, flight, and join—he charts different scenarios and calls for us to move beyond empty talk about national identity. If we want to avoid more radical political divisions, he argues, we have to open up debate about the future of white majorities. Deeply thought provoking, enriched with illustrative stories, and drawing on detailed and extraordinary survey, demographic, and electoral data, Whiteshift will redefine the way we discuss race in the twenty-first century.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Protests, counter-protests, and fearmongering by political commentators—can’t we all just get along? Whiteshift shows how rethinking ethnic diversity and populism can bring the partisan West together again and gives us a way forward.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

Whiteshift: the turbulent journey from a world of racially homogeneous white majorities to one of racially hybrid majorities   This is the century of whiteshift. As Western societies are becoming increasingly mixed-race, demographic change is transforming politics. Over half of American babies are non-white, and by the end of the century, minorities and those of mixed race are projected to form the majority in the UK and other countries. The early stages of this transformation have led to a populist disruption, tearing a path through the usual politics of left and right. Ethnic transformation will continue, but conservative whites are unlikely to exit quietly; their feelings of alienation are already redrawing political lines and convulsing societies across the West. One of the most crucial challenges of our time is to enable conservatives as well as cosmopolitans to view whiteshift as a positive development.   In this groundbreaking book, political scientist Eric Kaufmann examines the evidence to explore ethnic change in North American and Western Europe. Tracing four ways of dealing with this transformation—fight, repress, flight, and join—he charts different scenarios and calls for us to move beyond empty talk about national identity. If we want to avoid more radical political divisions, he argues, we have to open up debate about the future of white majorities.   Deeply thought provoking, enriched with illustrative stories, and drawing on detailed and extraordinary survey, demographic, and electoral data, Whiteshift will redefine the way we discuss race in the twenty-first century.