Unraveling the right : the new conservatism in American thought and politics /
edited by Amy Ansell.
Boulder, Colo : Westview Press, 1998.
viii, 264 p. ; 24 cm.
0813331463 (hardcover)
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Boulder, Colo : Westview Press, 1998.
0813331463 (hardcover)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1999-01:
The essays in this volume seek to "unravel" the Right by documenting its "successful mainstreaming of its extremism." The first section reviews some of the intellectual underpinnings of the right; Gary Dorrien provides an informative essay on different threads of conservative thought. The second section examines several areas of policy and public opinion, including an interesting discussion by Ruy Texeira and Joel Rogers on the interplay of declining living standards and the views of some white male voters. The difficulty with the volume is that it is torn between portraying the Right as a more or less uniform and extremist movement, on the one hand, and recognizing a range of groups and ideas, on the other. Chip Berlet's discussion of some of the "sectors of the Right" draws interesting comparisons and contrasts but also includes shrill denunciations of "reactionary populism, nativism . . . patriarchy and homophobia . . . government repression . . . antidemocratic neocorporatism." Similarly, the editor's own contribution condemns common doubts about affirmative action as "new racism." Thus, while often informative and occasionally instructive about the Right's ascendancy, the volume is perhaps unwittingly instructive about the difficulties the Left faces in its articulation of issues. One might also consult E.J. Dionne's books on the emergence of the Right and hope for the Left. Upper-division undergraduates and above. D. C. Paris; Hamilton College
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Table of Contents
Forewordp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Organizational Currentsp. 15
Following the Threadsp. 17
The Personal is Political: The Role of Cultural Projects in the Mobilization of the Christian Rightp. 41
Inventing an American Conservatism: The Neoconservative Episodep. 56
Business Conflict and Right-Wing Movementsp. 80
Ideological and Policy Currentsp. 103
Kitchen Table Backlash: The Antifeminist Women's Movementp. 105
Fulfilling Fears and Fantasies: The Role of Welfare in Right-Wing Social Thought and Strategyp. 126
Why Did Armey Apologize? Hegemony, Homophobia, and the Religious Rightp. 148
The Color of America's Culture Warsp. 173
The Military-Industrial Complex and U.S. Foreign Policy: Institutionalizing the New Right Agenda in the Post-Cold War Periodp. 192
The New Right's Economics: A Diagnosis and Counterattackp. 211
Mastering the New Political Arithmetic: Volatile Voters, Declining Living Standards, and Non-College-Educated Whitesp. 228
Notes on Editor and Contributorsp. 249
Indexp. 253
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