Crashing the Tea Party: Mass Media and the Campaign to Remake American Politics

Crashing the Tea Party: Mass Media and the Campaign to Remake American Politics

by Paul Street, Anthony R. Dimaggio
     
 

ISBN-10: 1594519447

ISBN-13: 9781594519444

Pub. Date: 05/28/2011

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The Tea Party has been the most high profile and controversial social movement in the US of recent times. But real analysis of the Tea Party remains slim - is it a genuine social movement or a topdown interest group created by the Republican Party and corporate funding? Crashing the Tea Party is based on first-hand observation of local Tea Party chapters, and…  See more details below

Overview

The Tea Party has been the most high profile and controversial social movement in the US of recent times. But real analysis of the Tea Party remains slim - is it a genuine social movement or a topdown interest group created by the Republican Party and corporate funding? Crashing the Tea Party is based on first-hand observation of local Tea Party chapters, and undertakes a critical journalistic and scholarly examination from the national and local level. Paul Street and Anthony DiMaggio provide a carefully documented account which challenges conventional wisdoms. Crashing the Tea Party fills the gap in public understanding about this particular social movement, and how social movements in general relate today to the ideologies of left and right and the mass media.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594519444
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/28/2011
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: Making Tea from the Top Down vii

Chapter 1 The Tea Party Does Not Exist: Reflections on a Not-So-New "Movement" and the Deeply Conservative Essence of U.S. Political Culture 1

Chapter 2 "Turning the World Upside Down": From the Original Tea Party to the Current Masquerade 27

Chapter 3 Tea Party "Super Republicans": Who They Are, What They Believe 41

Chapter 4 Tea Party Racism 75

Chapter 5 Return of "the Paranoid Style in American Politics": Authoritarianism and Hyperignorance in Tea Party Nation 101

Chapter 6 Astroturf to the Core: Reflections on a Mass-Mediated "Movement" 127

Chapter 7 Elections 2010: The Democrats' Midterm Disaster, the Tea Party, and the Challenge to Progressives 145

Chapter 8 Prospects for a Progressive Revival 167

Notes 183

Acknowledgments 229

Index 231

About the Authors 239

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