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456 pages ; 25 cm
  • Into the abyss
  • Alt-America
  • Black helicopters and truck bombs
  • 9/11 and the dark invaders
  • A black president and a birth certificate
  • Mad Hatters and March Hares
  • The return of the militias
  • The Bundy Pandora's box
  • Bad days on the Malheur
  • The alt-right reinvention
  • "Hail Emperor Trump!"
  • The id unleashed
  • The aftermath
  • Afterword: Fascism and our future.
Just as Donald Trump's victorious campaign for the US presidency shocked liberal Americans, the seemingly sudden national prominence of white supremacists, xenophobes, militia leaders, and mysterious "Alt-Right" leaders mystifies many. But the extreme Right has been growing steadily in the US since the 1990s, with the rise of patriot militias. Following 9/11, conspiracy theorists found fresh life; and in virulent reaction to the first black president of the country, militant racists have come out of the woodwork. Nurtured by a powerful right-wing media sector in radio, TV, and online, the Far Right, Tea Party movement conservatives, and Republican activists found common ground - an alternative America that is resurgent, even as it has been ignored by the political establishment and mainstream media. Investigative reporter David Neiwert has been tracking extremists for more than two decades, and here he provides a deeply reported and authoritative report on the background, mindset, and growth of Far Right movements across the country.The product of years of reportage, and including the most in-depth investigation of Trump's ties to Far Right figures, this is a crucial book about one of the most disturbing sides of American society.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781786634238 20180604
Green Library
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xiv, 224 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
  • Preface PART I research foundations 1. The Study of Social Activism 2. Research Methodologies 3. Qualitative Methods PART II research sites 4. Activist Organizations 5. Activist Networks 6. Activist Events 7. Alternative Media Concluding Remarks References Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780823274147 20170327
Academic study of social activism and social movements has become increasingly prevalent over the years; this is due in large part to the fact that activists have captured public imagination and gained substantial influence in political discourse. For instance, Occupy Wall Street activists, Tea Party activists, and activists affiliated with the Arab Spring have transformed political debates and have become the focus of mainstream news media coverage about a variety of different political topics. Journey into Social Activism explicates the philosophical foundations of the study of activism and illustrates four different research sites in which activism can be observed and studied: organizations, networks, events, and alternative media. The book will introduce students and scholars to important qualitative approaches to the study of social activism within these four research sites, which is based entirely on successful research projects that have been conducted and published in recent years. Ultimately, this book will prove integral to any students and scholars who wish to use qualitative methods for their research endeavors concerning social activism in contemporary society.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780823274147 20170327
Green Library
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xxi, 369 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Introduction - Graham Dawson and Stephen Hopkins Part I: Perspectives from the British State, politics and the military 1. 'The truth, the whole truth...': some British political and military memoirs of the Troubles - John Newsinger 2. 'I got shot through the head with an Armalite round' - Ted Aubertin 3. 'A real stirring in the nation': military families, British public opinion and withdrawal from Northern Ireland - Paul Dixon 4. The memoir-writing of the Wilson and Callaghan governments: the Labour Party and constitutional policy in Northern Ireland - Stephen Hopkins 5. British questions - Geoffrey Bell 6. 'The coach never arrived back at its destination' - Jenny McMahon 7. Serving in troubled times: British military personnel's memories and accounts of service in Northern Ireland - K. Neil Jenkings and Rachel Woodward Part II: Anti-state activisms 8. Something in the air: the rise of the Troops Out Movement - Aly Renwick 9. Memories of Sinn Fein Britain, 1975-85 - Susan O'Halloran 10. Policing the Irish community in Britain - Nadine Finch 11. 'Not our cup of tea': Irish and British feminist encounters in London during the Troubles - Ann Rossiter 12. Political delegations of women from Britain to the North of Ireland and the campaign against strip searching in the 1980s - Di Parkin Part III: Culture and the representation of the Troubles 13. 'Every man an emperor': the British press, Bloody Sunday and the image of the British Army - Greg McLaughlin and Stephen Baker 14. Suspect stories: William Trevor's portrayals of the Irish in London during the Troubles - Tony Murray 15. Writing as survival - Maude Casey 16. The 'oxygen of publicity' and the suffocation of censorship: British newspaper representations of the British broadcasting ban (1988-94) - Max Pettigrew 17. 'The Troubles we've seen': film, television drama and the Northern Irish conflict in Britain - John Hill Part IV: Memory, peace-building and 'dealing with the past' 18. Responding to the IRA bombing campaign in mainland Britain: the case of Warrington - Lesley Lelourec 19. 'There's no way out but through' - Annie Bowman 20. The Birmingham pub bombings, the Irish as a 'suspect community' and the memories of the O'Reilly family - Laura O'Reilly 21. 'Truth recovery' and the role of the security forces in the Northern Ireland Troubles - Aaron Edwards 22. Commemorating bonds of Union: remembering the Ulster Special Constabulary at the National Memorial Arboretum - L. J. Armstrong 23. 'I'd find a way to contribute to peace' - Jo Berry 24. Performance practices and conflict resolution: Jo Berry and Patrick Magee's Facing the Enemy - Verity Combe Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780719096327 20161213
This ground-breaking book provides the first comprehensive investigation of the history and memory of the Northern Ireland Troubles in Britain. It examines the impacts of the conflict upon individual lives, political and social relationships, communities and culture in Britain, and explores how the people of Britain (including its Irish communities) have responded to, and engaged with the conflict, in the context of contested political narratives produced by the State and its opponents. Setting an agenda for further research and public debate, the book demonstrates that 'unfinished business' from the conflicted past persists unaddressed in Britain, and advocates the importance of acknowledging legacies, understanding histories and engaging with memories in the context of peace-building and reconciliation. Contributors include scholars from a wide range of disciplines (social, political and cultural history; politics; media, film and cultural studies; law; literature; performing arts; sociology; peace studies); activists, artists, writers and peace-builders; and people with direct personal experience of the conflict.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780719096327 20161213
Green Library
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xiii, 186 pages ; 21 cm.
  • Introduction: Orwell: Good or Ungood?......................................................... ................................. 2 Section 1............................................................... ................................................................ .......... 9 Chapter I In Defense of Comrade Psmith: the Orwellian treatment of Orwell............................... 9 Chapter II The Orwellian Method.......................................................... ........................................ 21 Chapter III Orwell the Socialist....................................................... ............................................... 25 Chapter IV Tangential Criticisms...................................................... ............................................. 34 Conclusion...................................................... ................................................................ .......... 35 Section 2 -In Memoriam- retrospective views........................................................... ............... 38 Chapter V Orwell's Own Airstrip One in 2014............................................................ ................... 38 Chapter VI The Persistence of Pessimism, Oceania 20 years after Nineteen Eighty-Four............... 42 Chapter VII Afterlife of An Atheist......................................................... ....................................... 46 Section 3 Beyond the Telescreen - Snitching, Snooping and Surveillance............................ 62 Chapter VIII No bother about Big Brother......................................................... ............................. 62 Chapter IX Alexander Cockburn and "Snitching"..................................................... ...................... 67 Chapter X The List............................................................ ............................................................. 73 "The List"........................................................... ................................................................ ....... 77 Section 4 What Is Left?........................................................... ..................................................... 82 Chapter XI Disabusing Idiocy? Orwell & the Left............................................................ ................ 82 Chapter XII Orwell and the Democratic Left............................................................ ...................... 84 Chapter XIII Striking Back at the Empire.......................................................... ............................... 90 Interlude....................................................... ................................................................ .............. 106 Chapter XIV Revolution Is No Tea Party but It's Easier in a Salon: Reading the Leaves Afterwards 106 Chapter XV Orwell and the Left in the United States -the Under-reported side of Oceania!........ 114 Chapter XVI Letters to Oceania?........................................................ .......................................... 139 Chapter XVII Irving Howe, Orwell's Prophet in the USA............................................................. .. 143 Section 6 Cover Bards - Hitchens the Orwell Emulator And His Detractors............................. 158 Chapter XVIII Orwell's Lives........................................................... ............................................. 158 Chapter XIX Why Hitchens Matters......................................................... .................................... 164 Chapter XX Christopher Hitchens and Orwell.......................................................... .................... 171 Chapter XXI Antithesis Incarnate: Christopher Hitchens, A Retrospective Glance......................... 173 Chapter XXII Hitchens and the Iraq War............................................................. .......................... 183 Chapter XXIII Truth in Journalism...................................................... .......................................... 190 Selected Bibliography.................................................... ............................................................ 194 Notes........................................................... ................................................................ .................... 2.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781349952533 20171017
This book analyzes George Orwell's politics and their reception across both sides of the Atlantic. It considers Orwell's place in the politics of his native Britain and his reception in the USA, where he has had some of his most fervent emulators, exegetists, and detractors. Written by an ex "teenage Maoist" from Liverpool, UK, who now lives and writes in New York, the book points out how often the different strands of opinion derive from "ancestral" ideological struggles within the Communist/Trotskyist movement in the 30's, and how these often overlook or indeed consciously ignore the indigenous British politics and sociology that did so much to influence Orwell's political and literary development. It examines in the modern era what Orwell did in his-the seductions of simplistic and absolutist ideologies for some intellectuals, especially in their reactions to Orwell himself.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781349952533 20171017
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
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131 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm.
  • What is populism?
  • Populism around the world
  • Populism and mobilization
  • The populist leader
  • Populism and democracy
  • Causes and responses.
Populism is a central concept in the current media debates about politics and elections. However, like most political buzzwords, the term often floats from one meaning to another, and both social scientists and journalists use it to denote diverse phenomena. What is populism really? Who are the populist leaders? And what is the relationship between populism and democracy? This book answers these questions in a simple and persuasive way, offering a swift guide to populism in theory and practice. Cas Mudde and Cristobal Rovera Kaltwasser present populism as an ideology that divides society into two antagonistic camps, the "pure people" versus the "corrupt elite, " and that privileges the general will of the people above all else. They illustrate the practical power of this ideology through a survey of representative populist movements of the modern era: European right-wing parties, left-wing presidents in Latin America, and the Tea Party movement in the United States. The authors delve into the ambivalent personalities of charismatic populist leaders such as Juan Domingo Peron, H. Ross Perot, Jean-Marie le Pen, Silvio Berlusconi, and Hugo Chavez. If the strong male leader embodies the mainstream form of populism, many resolute women, such as Eva Peron, Pauline Hanson, and Sarah Palin, have also succeeded in building a populist status, often by exploiting gendered notions of society. Although populism is ultimately part of democracy, populist movements constitute an increasing challenge to democratic politics. Comparing political trends across different countries, this compelling book debates what the long-term consequences of this challenge could be, as it turns the spotlight on the bewildering effect of populism on today's political and social life.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780190234874 20170403
Green Library
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1 online resource (257 pages) : illustrations
  • List of Figures and Table Acknowledgments 1. Introduction 2. Becoming Active Citizens 3. Narratives of Active Citizenship 4. Putting Faith into Action 5. Holding Government Accountable 6. Styles of Active Citizenship 7. Conclusion Appendix: Methodological Notes Notes References Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780520293649 20180521
Prophets and Patriots takes readers inside two of the most active populist movements of the Obama era and highlights cultural convergences and contradictions at the heart of American political life. In the wake of the Great Recession and amid rising discontent with government responsiveness to ordinary citizens, the book follows participants in two very different groups-a progressive faith-based community organization and a conservative Tea Party group-as they set out to become active and informed citizens, put their faith into action, and hold government accountable. Both groups viewed themselves as the latest in a long line of prophetic voices and patriotic heroes who were carrying forward the promise of the American democratic project. Yet the ways in which each group put this common vision into practice reflected very different understandings of American democracy and citizenship.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780520293649 20180521
Book
1 online resource ( xiv, 242 pages) :
  • Introduction
  • Becoming active citizens
  • Narratives of active citizenship
  • Putting faith in action
  • Holding government accountable
  • Styles of active citizenship
  • Conclusion.
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xiv, 242 pages ; 24 cm
  • List of Figures and Table Acknowledgments 1. Introduction 2. Becoming Active Citizens 3. Narratives of Active Citizenship 4. Putting Faith into Action 5. Holding Government Accountable 6. Styles of Active Citizenship 7. Conclusion Appendix: Methodological Notes Notes References Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780520293656 20170925
Prophets and Patriots takes readers inside two of the most active populist movements of the Obama era and highlights cultural convergences and contradictions at the heart of American political life. In the wake of the Great Recession and amid rising discontent with government responsiveness to ordinary citizens, the book follows participants in two very different groups-a progressive faith-based community organization and a conservative Tea Party group-as they set out to become active and informed citizens, put their faith into action, and hold government accountable. Both groups viewed themselves as the latest in a long line of prophetic voices and patriotic heroes who were carrying forward the promise of the American democratic project. Yet the ways in which each group put this common vision into practice reflected very different understandings of American democracy and citizenship.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780520293656 20170925
Green Library
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xiv, 242 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
  • Introduction
  • Becoming active citizens
  • Narratives of active citizenship
  • Putting faith in action
  • Holding government accountable
  • Styles of active citizenship
  • Conclusion.
Prophets and Patriots takes readers inside two of the most active populist movements of the Obama era and highlights cultural convergences and contradictions at the heart of American political life. In the wake of the Great Recession and amid rising discontent with government responsiveness to ordinary citizens, the book follows participants in two very different groups-a progressive faith-based community organization and a conservative Tea Party group-as they set out to become active and informed citizens, put their faith into action, and hold government accountable. Both groups viewed themselves as the latest in a long line of prophetic voices and patriotic heroes who were carrying forward the promise of the American democratic project. Yet the ways in which each group put this common vision into practice reflected very different understandings of American democracy and citizenship.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780520293656 20170925
Law Library (Crown)
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xix, 287 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • List of Illustrations Preface List of Abbreviations Introduction 1. A Consumer Revolution? 2. "We Are the 99%" 3. "We Are Not a Mascot" 4. "600,000 Bosses Telling Me What To Do" 5. "Stop Servibng Gay Chickens" 6. "Yes to Jesus Christ, No to JC" 7. Who Rules? Conclusion Notes.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781501712111 20180611
Protest Politics in the Marketplace examines how social media has revolutionized the use and effectiveness of consumer activism. In her groundbreaking book, Caroline Heldman emphasizes that consumer activism is a democratizing force that improves...
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781501712111 20180611
Protest Politics in the Marketplace examines how social media has revolutionized the use and effectiveness of consumer activism. In her groundbreaking book, Caroline Heldman emphasizes that consumer activism is a democratizing force that improves political participation, self-governance, and the accountability of corporations and the government. She also investigates the use of these tactics by conservatives. Heldman analyzes the democratic implications of boycotting, socially responsible investing, social media campaigns, and direct consumer actions, highlighting the ways in which such consumer activism serves as a countervailing force against corporate power in politics. In Protest Politics in the Marketplace, she blends democratic theory with data, historical analysis, and coverage of consumer campaigns for civil rights, environmental conservation, animal rights, gender justice, LGBT rights, and other causes. Using an inter-disciplinary approach applicable to political theorists and sociologists, Americanists, and scholars of business, the environment, and social movements, Heldman considers activism in the marketplace from the Boston Tea Party to the present. In doing so, she provides readers with a clearer understanding of the new, permanent environment of consumer activism in which they operate.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781501715402 20180611
Green Library
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vii, 296 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
In 2006 journalist Joanna Moorhead discovered that her father's cousin, Prim, who had disappeared many decades earlier, was now a famous artist in Mexico. Although rarely spoken of in her own family (regarded as a black sheep, a wild child; someone they were better off without) in the meantime Leonora Carrington had become a national treasure in Mexico, where she now lived, while her paintings are fetching ever-higher prices at auction today. Intrigued by her story, Joanna set off to Mexico City to find her lost relation. Later she was to return to Mexico ten times more between then and Leonora's death in 2011, sometimes staying for months at a time and subsequently travelling around Britain and through Europe in search of the loose ends of her tale. They spent days talking and reading together, drinking tea and tequila, going for walks and to parties and eating take away pizzas or dining out in her local restaurants as Leonora told Joanna the wild and amazing truth about a life that had taken her from the suffocating existence of a debutante in London via war-torn France with her lover, Max Ernst, to incarceration in an asylum and finally to the life of a recluse in Mexico City. Leonora was one of the last surviving participants in the Surrealist movement of the 1930s, a founding member of the Women's Liberation Movement in Mexico during the 1970s and a woman whose reputation will survive not only as a muse but as a novelist and a great artist. This book is the extraordinary story of Leonora Carrington's life, and of the friendship between two women, related by blood but previously unknown to one another, whose encounters were to change both their lives.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780349008776 20170621
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
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xii, 141 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
  • Preface 1. Contemporary American Conservatism as a Legacy of the 1960s : An Introduction 2. Is the United States a Conservative Nation? 3. Who are the Conservatives? 4. The Size and Role of Government 5. Explaining Contemporary Conservatism: A Tale of 40 Years 6. How Different are Political Elites and the Public? 7. What is the Meaning of Contemporary Movements like the Tea Party? 8. Varieties of Conservatism: Comparative and Domestic Perspectives 9. Contemporary American Conservatism: Synopsis, Problems, and Prospects Afterword.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138679337 20161024
Contemporary American conservatism - a melange of ideas, people, and organizations - is difficult to define; even conservatives themselves are unable to agree about its essential meaning. Yet the conservative movement is well financed, exerts strong influence in the Republican Party, inspires followers throughout the land, and has spawned a network of think tanks and media outlets that are the envy of its competitors. It is a powerful political force with which to be reckoned. This book examines how that has come about and what contemporary conservatism signifies for US politics and policy. It looks at the recent history of conservatism in America as well as its antecedents in the UK, traces changes over time using American National Election Study data from 1972 to the present in what it means when people say they are conservatives, and assesses the prospects for American conservatism, both in the near term electoral context and over the longer term as well.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138679337 20161024
Green Library
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xviii, 168 pages ; 22 cm
  • Machine generated contents note: 1. Assumptions
  • Their Use and Abuse
  • 2. Self-Reliance Above All?
  • 3. Politics as "Dirty Business"?
  • 4. Free Enterprise as Unassailable?
  • 5. The Earth as Man's Possession?
  • 6. The "Native-Born" as Coming First?
  • 7. Reconsidering Assumptions?.
This book presents a reassessment of the fundamental principles of the Tea Party movement. The Tea Party movement is largely associated with those who want a severely limited federal government spending far fewer taxpayer dollars. What gets less attention are the underlying Tea Party sentiments that, the book argues, are not so much false as they are terribly dated in light of the current national landscape. Such sentiments include prioritizing self-reliance, viewing politics as a "dirty business, " considering "free enterprise" unassailable, and believing the earth to be man's possession. Brown skillfully and thoughtfully breaks from partisan considerations to get at the root of the movement, arguing that too many Tea Partiers are living in a world of their own, which, given so many pressing problems in the world, amounts to what Brown calls "sentimental mischief.".
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781137521163 20161114
Law Library (Crown)
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xii, 449 pages : chart ; 25 cm
  • Introduction: The investors
  • Radicals : a Koch family history
  • The hidden hand : Richard Mellon Scaife
  • Beachheads : John M. Olin and the Bradley brothers
  • The Koch method : free-market mayhem
  • The Kochtopus : free-market machine
  • Boots on the ground
  • Tea time
  • The fossils
  • Money is speech : the long road to Citizens United
  • The shellacking : dark money's midterm debut, 2010
  • The spoils : plundering Congress
  • Mother of all wars : the 2012 setback
  • The states : gaining ground
  • Selling the new Koch : a better battle plan.
Why is America living in an age of profound economic inequality? Why, despite the desperate need to address climate change, have even modest environmental efforts been defeated again and again? Why have protections for employees been decimated? Why do hedge-fund billionaires pay a far lower tax rate than middle-class workers? The conventional answer is that a popular uprising against "big government" led to the ascendancy of a broad-based conservative movement. But Jane Mayer argues that a network of exceedingly wealthy people with extreme libertarian views bankrolled a systematic, step-by-step plan to fundamentally alter the American political system. Their core beliefs -- that taxes are a form of tyranny; that government oversight of business is an assault on freedom -- are sincerely held. But these beliefs also advance their personal and corporate interests: Many of their companies have run afoul of federal pollution, worker safety, securities, and tax laws. The chief figures in the network are Charles and David Koch. The brothers were schooled in a political philosophy that asserted the only role of government is to provide security and to enforce property rights. When libertarian ideas proved decidedly unpopular with voters, the Koch brothers and their allies chose another path. If they pooled their vast resources, they could fund an interlocking array of organizations that could work in tandem to influence and ultimately control academic institutions, think tanks, the courts, statehouses, Congress, and, they hoped, the presidency. These organizations were given innocuous names such as Americans for Prosperity. Funding sources were hidden whenever possible. This process reached its apotheosis with the allegedly populist Tea Party movement, abetted mightily by the Citizens United decision -- a case conceived of by legal advocates funded by the network. And their efforts have been remarkably successful. Libertarian views on taxes and regulation, once far outside the mainstream and still rejected by most Americans, are ascendant in the majority of state governments, the Supreme Court, and Congress. Meaningful environmental, labor, finance, and tax reforms have been stymied. Jane Mayer spent five years conducting hundreds of interviews -- including with several sources within the network -- and scoured public records, private papers, and court proceedings to trace the byzantine trail of the billions of dollars spent and to provide vivid portraits of the colorful figures behind the new American oligarchy.
Law Library (Crown)
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xvi, 222 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Preface ix Abbreviations xv Part I. Subalternity, Intellectuals, and Common Sense 1. Subalternity 3 2. Intellectuals 18 3. Common Sense 43 4. What Subalterns Know 59 Part II. Case Studies 5. Adam Smith: A Bourgeois, Organic Intellectual? 81 6. The Common Sense of the Tea Party 118 7. Common Sense, Good Sense, and Occupy 146 Conclusion. Reading Gramsci in the Twenty-First Century 184 Bibliography 199 Index 207.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780822362395 20161213
Acknowledged as one of the classics of twentieth-century Marxism, Antonio Gramsci's Prison Notebooks contains a rich and nuanced theorization of class that provides insights that extend far beyond economic inequality. In Gramsci's Common Sense Kate Crehan offers new ways to understand the many forms that structural inequality can take, including in regards to race, gender, sexual orientation, and religion. Presupposing no previous knowledge of Gramsci on the part of the reader, she introduces the Prison Notebooks and provides an overview of Gramsci's notions of subalternity, intellectuals, and common sense, putting them in relation to the work of thinkers such as Bourdieu, Arendt, Spivak, and Said. In the case studies of the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street movements, Crehan theorizes the complex relationships between the experience of inequality, exploitation, and oppression, as well as the construction of political narratives. Gramsci's Common Sense is an accessible and concise introduction to a key Marxist thinker whose works illuminate the increasing inequality in the twenty-first century.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780822362395 20161213
Green Library
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ix, 219 pages ; 24 cm
  • 1. Imagining politics-- 2. 'Sovereignty is an artificial soul' - Ernesto Laclau and Benedict Anderson in dialogue-- 3. How do we write a history of normative practices? - Castoriadis, Taylor, Foucault-- 4. The problem of the people in Enlightenment France - a short genealogy of political collectivity-- 5. Chimeras of political identity - intermediate reflections on the pathways of political imagination-- 6. Sovereign imaginaries of the Revolutionary Caribbean-- 7. Conscripted by modernity? - imagining sovereignty in the wake of colonialism-- 8. Imagining the power of the people - critical reflections on the sovereignties of our time.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781107113237 20160704
Movements like the Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street, and the Tea Party embody some of our deepest intuitions about popular politics and 'the power of the people'. They also expose tensions and shortcomings in our understanding of these ideals. We typically see 'the people' as having a special, sovereign power. Despite the centrality of this idea in our thinking, we have little understanding of why it has such importance. Imagined Sovereignties probes the considerable force that 'the people' exercises on our thought and practice. Like the imagined communities described by Benedict Anderson, popular politics is formed around shared, imaginary constructs rooted in our collective imagination. This book investigates these 'imagined sovereignties' in a genealogy traversing the French Enlightenment, the Haitian Revolution, and nineteenth-century Haitian constitutionalism. It problematizes taken-for-granted ideas about popular politics and provokes new ways of imagining the power of the people.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781107113237 20160704
Green Library

18. John Birch : a life [2016]

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xv, 317 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
  • Saving souls
  • Missionary to China
  • Evangelizing the world
  • Old-time religion
  • Heresy hunters
  • Waging war
  • After Pearl Harbor
  • Becoming a soldier
  • Searching for love
  • The China theater
  • Encountering communists
  • The death of John Birch
  • Confrontation and cooperation
  • The aftermath
  • Making a martyr
  • Grief and anger
  • The first casualty
  • The John Birch society
  • Right-wing extremism
  • The real John Birch.
John Birch is a totemic figure in American life. The society named after him is one of the famous far-right organizations in American history. It was also a paradigmatic example of anti-communist hysteria during the Cold War, and its influence on the American far right to this day remains significant. Yet despite his posthumous fame, Birch himself remains an obscure figure. Terry Lautz, a longtime scholar of US-China relations, has spoken with all of Birch's remaining relatives, found shoeboxes filled with letters from one of his former lovers, and visited the various sites in China where he worked. The result is the first authoritative biography of this fascinating figure, who continues to haunt the political fringes of American life. Birch grew up in the rapidly growing Bible culture of the post-World War I period, and then became a missionary in China in the tumultuous period of its war against the Japanese and the escalating conflict between nationalists and communists. He fought with Claire Chennault's famed Flying Tigers and had a number of romantic relationships with women along the way. After the war ended, he committed himself to resuming his missionary activities in China, but was killed by communist guerrillas in an altercation a couple of weeks after the war ended in September 1945. A few years after his death, when China fell to the communists, anti-communists in Congress latched onto his life and promoted him as a martyr. Within a few years, Robert Welch, a candy manufacturer in New England, formed the John Birch Society, an extreme right-wing organization whose influence is still visible in the Tea Party movement. Lautz covers Birch's life and his afterlife, and also places him not merely in the context of the American far right, but in the revolutionary war that consumed China in the 1930s and 1940s. In this critical study of a figure who has reached near-legendary status, Lautz cuts through the mythology to expose John Birch-both the man and the political phenomenon.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780190262891 20160619
Green Library
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vii, 291 pages ; 25 cm
  • In the beginning was the word
  • Bankers, bolsheviks, and Jews : the prehistory of the limousine liberal
  • Fear itself
  • All in the family : elites against elites
  • The vital center trembles
  • Country and Western Marxism
  • The bridge over troubled waters
  • The holy family
  • God, capitalism, and the Tea Party
  • The dynasts
  • The strange career of limousine liberalism.
No political image in recent American history has enjoyed the impact of the "limousine liberal." It has managed to mobilize an enduring politics of resentment directed against everything from civil rights to women's liberation, from the war on poverty to environmental regulation. Coined in 1969 by New York City mayoralty candidate Mario Procaccino, the term took aim at what he and his largely white lower middle class and blue collar following considered the repellent hypocrisy of well-heeled types who championed the cause of the poor, especially the black poor, but who had no intention of bearing the costs of their plight. The metaphor zeroed in on liberal elites who preferred to upset rather than defend the status quo not only in race relations, but in the sexual, moral, and religious order and had little interest in looking after the needs of working people. In The Limousine Liberal, the acclaimed historian Steve Fraser argues that it is impossible to understand American politics without coming to grips with this image, where it originated, why it persists, and where it may be taking us. He reveals that the limousine liberal had existed in all but name long before Procaccino gave it one. From Henry Ford decrying an improbable alliance of Jews, bankers, and Bolsheviks in the 1920s to the Tea Party's vehement hatred of Hillary Clinton, the fear of the limousine liberal has stoked right-wing populism for nearly a century. Today it fuses together disparate elements of the conservative movement. Sunbelt entrepreneurs on the rise, blue collar ethnics and middle classes in decline, heartland evangelicals, and billionaire business dynasts have found common cause, despite their real differences, in shared opposition to liberal elites. The Limousine Liberal tells an extraordinary story of why the most privileged and powerful elements of American society were indicted as subversives and reveals the reality that undergirds that myth. It goes to the heart of the great political transformation of the postwar era: the rise of the conservative right and the unmaking of the liberal consensus.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780465055661 20160704
No political metaphor in recent American history has enjoyed the impact of the limousine liberal. Taking aim at what many consider the hypocrisy of wealthy liberals who champion the cause of the poor but who have no intention of bearing the costs of doing anything about their plight, it has mobilized an enduring politics of resentment against everything from civil rights to environmental regulation. In The Limousine Liberal, Steve Fraser argues that the metaphor of the limousine liberal has had a pernicious effect on American political culture. From Henry Ford's attacks on Jews, bankers, and Bolsheviks in the 1920s to the Tea Party's vehement hatred of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, it has served as the animus binding together right-wing populism in America. In the vein of the late Richard Hofstadter, Fraser dives down below the surface of rational political life to identify and understand the right's most elemental fears.
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  • Slow and steady
  • Love
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In October 1984, a hard-charging Kentucky politician waited excitedly for President Ronald Reagan to arrive at a presidential rally in Louisville. In the midst of a tough Senate campaign against an incumbent Democrat, the young Republican hoped Reagan s endorsement would give a much-needed boost to his insurgent campaign. He even had a camera crew ready to capture the president s words for a TV commercial he planned to air during the campaign s final stretch. Alas, when Reagan finally stepped to the microphone, he smiled for the crowd and declared: I m happy to be here with my good friend, Mitch O Donnell. That was hardly Mitch McConnell s first setback, and far from his last. But as he learned when running his very first campaign for student body president in high school, you don t have to be the most popular, the most athletic, or even the luckiest kid to win. You just need to run the best campaign. So he swallowed hard, put his head down, and kept going. Four weeks later, in the biggest upset of the year, his dream of being a US senator came true by a margin of about one vote per precinct. By persevering, he d be the only Republican in the country to beat an incumbent Democratic US senator. McConnell learned patience and fortitude during his post World War II youth in Alabama. His mother helped him beat polio by leading him through long, aching exercises every day for two years. His father taught him the importance of standing up to bullies, even if it meant taking the occasional punch. It turned out to be the perfect childhood for a future Senate majority leader. In the line of work I would choose, compromise is key, but I d come to find that certain times required me to invoke the fighting spirit both of my parents instilled in me. "The Long Game "is the candid, behind-the-scenes memoir of a man famous for his discretion. For more than three decades, McConnell has worked steadily to advance conservative values, including limited government, individual liberty, fiscal prudence, and a strong national defense. But he has always cared much more about moving the ball forward than about who gets the credit. Even in recent years, when some of his colleagues seem obsessed with maintaining and cultivating their images in a twenty-four-hour news cycle, McConnell focuses on how today s controversies will affect the country in a year, or two, or ten. Now McConnell reveals what he really thinks about the rivalry between the Senate and the House; the players and the stakes involved when a group of political opportunists tried to hijack the Tea Party movement; and key figures such as Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and Harry Reid. He tells the inside story of the battle against Obamacare and other fights to protect the US Constitution against further encroachment by an out-of-control White House that s stuck in a permanent campaign. He explains the real causes of the chronic gridlock that has so many voters enraged, his ongoing efforts to restore the US Senate s indispensable dual role as a brake on excess and a tool for national consensus, and what ordinary citizens have a right to expect from Washington. In today s atmosphere of impatience and instant gratification, McConnell still believes the Founders knew best when they instituted a government with checks and balances. As he writes, In the end, the goal isn t a perfectly running congressional machine or a party without blemish or inner turmoil. The goal is to allow the country to work out its differences freely and energetically, confident that the institutions the Founders left us are capable of accommodating the disputes and disagreements that arise in a nation as big and diverse and open as ours. ".
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