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To the Right [electronic resource] : the transformation of American conservatism /
Jerome L. Himmelstein.
Berkeley : University of California Press, c1990.
xi, 290 p. ; 24 cm.
0520066499 (alk. paper)
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Berkeley : University of California Press, c1990.
0520066499 (alk. paper)
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general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
Bibliography: p. 261-282.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Jerome L. Himmelstein is Associate Professor of Sociology at Amherst College
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1990-10:
This book is part of a fast-growing popular and scholarly literature on the Reagan years and conservatives in the US. Himmelstein focuses on why the Right rose to power by asking two questions: first, "What social conditions created the political opportunities for the Right?" and second, "How did the Right build and sustain itself as a plausible political alternative?" To answer these questions he looks at the politicization of religious fundamentalists, the mobilization and unification of corporations and big business, and the revitalization of the Republican party through a reconstructed ideology, from the 1950s through the 1980s. Himmelstein is not an "insider" of the Right, so his work does not include the anecdotal interest of the popular literature, but it relies on statistics and quotations to address the failure of sociological theories to explain the rise of the Right. However, his analysis is subjective and atheoretical and does not provide unquestionably convincing support for his perspective that the rise of the Right is the result of a deliberate plan of action by conservative elites and not just a momentary consequence of societal circumstances. Recommended for undergraduate libraries. -E. D. Riggle, University of Kentucky
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Long Description
In this timely book, Jerome Himmelstein offers a new interpretation of the growth of conservatism in American politics. Tracing the New Right of the 1970s and 1980s back to the Old Right of the 1950s, Himmelstein provides an interpretive map of the political landscape over the past decades, showing how conservatives ascended to power by reconstructing their ideology and building an independent movement.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: Sociology, Social Commentary, and the Rise of the Rightp. 1
Becoming a Contender
Historical Prologue: Revolution and Delayed Reactionp. 13
Reconstructing an Ideologyp. 28
The Growth of a Movement: Old Right and Newp. 63
Taking Power
The Rise of the New Religious Rightp. 97
The Mobilization of Corporate Conservatismp. 129
The New Republican Edge: Gains without Realignmentp. 165
Epilogue: American Conservatism in the Bush Yearsp. 199
Notesp. 213
Bibliographyp. 261
Indexp. 283
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