Luke Telford: “Explaining the rise of right-wing nationalism: An ethnographic case study of a post-industrial northern town”

In Students by jvnf65

  • Teesside University
  • Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work
  • l.telford@tees.ac.uk

Description:

I graduated from Teesside University in 2016 with a first-class honours degree in Criminology. This provided the foundations to undertake the MA in Social Research Methods (Criminology) at Durham University in which my highest grade to date has been 80%. My academic interests are vast and span the terrains of: politics, ultra-realist theory and exposing the dark sides of neoliberalism and consumerism.

The title of my PhD is: “Explaining the rise of right-wing nationalism: An ethnographic case study of a post-industrial northern town”. The thesis is supervised by Professor Simon Winlow and it aims to make sense of the growth in support for nationalistic causes in the deindustrialized zones of the North of England. The research hinges upon numerous questions, such as: a) Why, at this particular historical moment, have immigrants become the foci of scrutiny and vilification, and, b) In the post-crash conjuncture, why have the political right been the core beneficiaries of widespread dissatisfaction, rather than the political left? In this way, the project seeks to advance understanding of a core social and political issue. Furthermore, I will soon be attempting to convert my MA project: “I feel like a third class citizen” – ‘Making sense of Brexit amongst the post-industrial working class’ into a journal article co-authored by my previous supervisor Dr Jonathan Wistow.