Rightwing Movements in the Age of Trump|
Spring 2021 not offered
This course explores the socio-cultural, ideological, and affective contours of contemporary American far-right political culture. Course readings theorize the nature of 'rightwing' politics in general, provide ethnographic insights into particular movements and policy platforms, and trace the rising impact of rightwing attitudes in the age of Trump. We focus on connections and disconnections between a range of communities that comprise the so-called 'big tent' of the American right, including white supremacists, free market libertarians, Christian fundamentalists, and conspiracy theorists. Over the course of the semester, students will gain conceptual tools for better understanding what is at stake for these groups and how those stakes shape their political practices and goals. We will also reflect on how this knowledge might shape our own political viewpoints and tactics moving forward.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ANTH)(SISP-Anth Conc)
Readings include selections from:
Michael Barkun, A CULTURE OF CONSPIRACY: APOCALYPITIC VISIONS IN CONTEMPORARY AMERICA
Chip Berlet and Matthew Lyons, RIGHTWING POPULISM IN AMERICA: TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT
Sara Diamond, ROADS TO DOMINION: RIGHT-WING MOVEMENTS AND POLITICAL POWER IN THE UNITED STATES
Thomas Edsall and Mary Edsall, CHAIN REACTION: THE IMPACT OF RACE, RIGHTS, AND TAXES ON AMERICAN POLITICS
Tanya Erzen, STRAIGHT TO JESUS: SEXUAL AND CHRISTIAN CONVERSIONS IN THE EX-GAY MOVEMENT.
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10 short reading responses (30%); class participation (15%); current event presentations (15%); mid-term and final papers (20% each).
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