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Far-Right Fantasy: A Sociology of American Religion and Politics

Far-Right Fantasy: A Sociology of American Religion and Politics

by James Aho

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Far-Right Fantasy is a straight-forward, jargon-free study of contemporary American right-wing extremism. Accessible to both professional and lay audiences, it allows activists to speak for themselves in their own words. It takes the self-announced religious motivations of extremists seriously, and illustrates this by citing numerous cases of radical politics. The book addresses the strengths and weaknesses of the standard psycho-social-cultural explanations of far-right activism. It shows how extremists are similar educationally and psychologically to their more conventional neighbors; that they get into the movement in the same way that others become peace activists or radical environmentalists, namely, through their ties with fellow workers and church-goers, family members, and classmates; and that their views are given a patina of certainty by being repeatedly corroborated within closed, non-contaminated communication systems. The book avoids being preachy or judgmental, but it does try to challenge readers morally by submitting far-right fantasy to a formal ideology critique. It does this by showing how the reforms it recommends - a marketplace free of regulation, draconian immigration restrictions; an end to the federal reserve bank and the income tax; a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution; anti-union "right to work" laws and a return to debt slavery; the privatization of schools, the post office, and the commons, and so on - contradict its ostensible goal, which is to protect and enhance middle class interests. Far-Right Fantasy is suitable for adoption as a supplemental text in political psychology and sociology, sociologies of religion and knowledge, collective behavior, and American political history.

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ISBN-13: 9781138962422
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 12/15/2015
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

James Aho is Professor Emeritus at Idaho State University where he has taught for over forty years. Recognized as a Distinguished Researcher and Teacher, he is author of many books, including Body Matters: A Phenomenology of Sickness, Disease and Illness (co-written with his son, Kevin) and Sociological Trespasses: Interrogating Sin and Flesh. Aho is also author of two award-winning studies of religiously-motivated political violence, The Politics of Righteousness: Idaho Christian Patriotism and This Thing of Darkness: A Sociology of the Enemy.

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Battle of "Bunker Ville" Introduction Interlude 1: Sovereign Citizens 1. The American Far-Right in Perspective Interlude 2: The Secessionist State of Jefferson 2. Explaining the Far-Right Interlude 3: Dreams of a Right-Wing Homeland 3. "White Man": Its Extinction and Redemption Interlude 4: "Cut It or Shut It" 4. The Communicative Preconditions of Far-Right Fantasy Interlude 5: The Rhetoric of "No Spin" News 5. Far-Right Fantasy.1 The "Satanification" of America Interlude 6: Nullification 6. Far-Right Fantasy.2 The Christian Reconstruction of America Interlude 7: "Justus" Served 7. Far-Right Fantasy.3 A Critique Interlude 8: Biblically Inspired Investing 8. Far-Right Fantasy.4 False Consciousness Epilogue: A Latter Day Fortress 9. Appendix American Right-Wing Implicated Fatalities from 1980 through 2014

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