For more than 20 years, the UC Davis Campus Community Book Project (CCBP) has promoted dialogue and built community by encouraging diverse members of the campus and surrounding communities to read the same book and attend related events. The book project—a signature initiative out of the Office of Campus Community Relations since 2002—advances the mission to improve both the campus climate and community relations, to foster diversity and to promote equity and inclusiveness.
The 2023-4 Campus Community Book Project focuses on the topic of extremism and features Hate in the Homeland: The New Global Far Right by Cynthia Miller-Idriss. The book examines questions of where and when young people encounter extreme messages, and how tomorrow’s far-right nationalists are being recruited in surprising places, from college campuses and mixed martial arts gyms to clothing stores, online gaming chat rooms, and YouTube cooking channels.
About Hate in the Homeland
Hate crimes. Misinformation and conspiracy theories. Foiled white-supremacist plots. The signs of growing far-right extremism are all around us, and communities across America and around the globe are struggling to understand how so many people are being radicalized and why they are increasingly attracted to violent movements. Hate in the Homeland shows how tomorrow’s far-right nationalists are being recruited in surprising places, from college campuses and mixed martial arts gyms to clothing stores, online gaming chat rooms, and YouTube cooking channels.
Instead of focusing on the how and why of far-right radicalization, Cynthia Miller-Idriss seeks answers in the physical and virtual spaces where hate is cultivated. Where does the far right do its recruiting? When do young people encounter extremist messaging in their everyday lives? Miller-Idriss shows how far-right groups are swelling their ranks and developing their cultural, intellectual, and financial capacities in a variety of mainstream settings. She demonstrates how young people on the margins of our communities are targeted in these settings, and how the path to radicalization is a nuanced process of moving in and out of far-right scenes throughout adolescence and adulthood.
Hate in the Homeland is essential for understanding the tactics and underlying ideas of modern far-right extremism. This eye-opening book takes readers into the mainstream places and spaces where today’s far right is engaging and ensnaring young people, and reveals innovative strategies we can use to combat extremist radicalization.
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Future Theme & Selection
The 2024-2025 Campus Community Book Project will address the theme of health equity and justice. Please visit the Book Project nominations & selection page for more information.