Provides a penetrating examination of how political rhetoric from public officials creates tensions via microaggression cues due to changing demographics, campaign rhetoric, and the use of social media.
• Explains how hostile rhetoric by public officials can lead to the marginalization of groups and a polarizing environment
• Suggests that political discourse is used to accentuate cultural differences due to changing demographics in the United States
• Illustrates that microaggression cues are a pervasive and damaging component of the U.S. political culture
• Appropriate reading for anyone interested in or students of modern social movements, U.S. media and politics, race and ethnicity, political behavior, social psychology, and Latino American or African American studies
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About the Author
Sylvia Gonzalez-Gorman, PhD, is assistant professor at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Brownsville, TX.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Subtle Yet Effective: Microaggression Cues 1
Chapter 2 Changing Demographics: From Minority to Majority 17
Chapter 3 Political Discourse: Inflammatory Innuendos 37
Chapter 4 Nativist Attitudes: American Minority Groups as Targets 57
Chapter 5 The Realization That Times Are Changing 79
Chapter 6 Trump: Unconventionality in the White House 93
Chapter 7 The Transformation Process and the Challenges Ahead 109
What People are Saying About This
"Gonzalez-Gorman's examination of historical and contemporary forms of hostile rhetoric used in elections delivers a powerful argument about the current political climate of our nation. This book provides readers with cases on how microgressions incite and ignite divisiveness in political forums and communities by highlighting the most recent election and campaigning tactics used to disarm opponents. Narratives from local, state, and national officials lay a foundation for the author's theoretical approaches and deeper implications regarding race relations and societal conflict in America."
"Dr. Gonzalez-Gorman offers a unique and much-needed perspective on microaggressions as they are used in political rhetoric. Through content and historical analyses as well as in-depth interviews with contemporary politicians, she presents a cogent argument that political microaggressions create an 'us versus them' frame in the minds of American voters. She also applies the position to the case of President Donald Trump, offering a highly plausible explanation of how the president is able to use microaggressions with impunity in his communications with the American population. This is an essential book for anyone trying to make sense of today's current political rhetoric."