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Whiteshift: Populism, Immigration and the Future of White Majorities

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Economic Policy

At the next MEDAM Seminar, Eric Kaufmann will present his most recent book Whiteshift: Populism, Immigration and the Future of White Majorities. Eric Kaufmann is Professor of Politics at Birkbeck College, University of London. A Canadian citizen, Eric holds a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics. Prior to Whiteshift, he has published acclaimed books on the history of Northern Ireland and on demography and politics in the twenty-first century.
Whiteshift argues that the current upsurge of right-wing populism in the West stems from the existential plight of white majorities in an age of large-scale North-South migration. Based on extensive survey, demographic and electoral data, it sets out four main white responses to ethnic change: fight, flee, repress and join. It projects the rise of mixed-race majorities in the West, but viewing this less as a futuristic end of identity than evidence for Whiteshift, the absorption of a great deal of ethno-racial difference into historic white majorities. The book makes the case for an open form of white identity, urging de-stigmatising whiteness and addressing the ‘who are we?’ and ‘where are we going?’ questions.
The presentation will be followed by a discussion of the results and possible implications. A live stream will be available during the event.


Registration & coffee from 15.30 – Meeting from 16.00 to 18.00

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Andreas Backhaus Andreas Backhaus

Andreas Backhaus

Research Fellow

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Andreas Backhaus

Research Fellow, CEPS

Eric Kaufmann

Professor, Birkbeck, University of London


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Economic Policy

Whiteshift: Populism, Immigration and the Future of White Majorities

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1 Place du Congrès
1000 Brussel
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Day 1 - Wednesday
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