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Spring 2017 Events

Thursday, Feb. 2, 4:00-5:30pm: Brian Fishman, Counterterrorism Research Fellow, New America

Wednesday, March 1, 4:00-5:30pm: Kelsy Burke, Assistant Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley

Tuesday, March 14, 4:30-6:00pm: George Lakoff, Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics, UC Berkeley


Friday, April 21, 9:00am-3:30pm: Anxious Democracy: The First Hundred Days of the Trump Presidency - a one-day symposium REGISTER HERE


Read more about these events here.

 Video of Panel on the 2016 Election and the GOP under President Trump - Now Available on C-SPAN

On Tuesday, November 29, 2016, CRWS sponsored a panel on the 2016 U.S. presidential election and its implications for the Right in the United States.  Dr. Larry Rosenthal addressed the emergence and significance of the Donald Trump phenomenon, focusing on Trump's exploitation of rifts among factions of the Republican Party that assumed unprecedented levels in 2016.  Professor Carole Joffe discussed the role that traditional electoral priorities of the Right, particularly abortion and marriage equality, played in the outcome of the election. Professor Pierson discussed what the outcome of the election means for the future of the Republican Party and the American Right. 

C-SPAN broadcast the panel, which can now be viewed here.


"The Development of the Trump Electorate and the Great Irony of the 2016 Election"

Dr. Lawrence Rosenthal, Chair of CRWS, explains how Donald Trump targeted the white working class and the "alt-right" fringe to build his electoral coalition.

Describing how Trump prepared to run for the presidency, Rosenthal writes: "His method was to immerse himself in right-wing media. This practice included listening to talk radio—the likes of Limbaugh, Michael Savage & Sean Hannity—monitoring Tea Party websites and discussions; and following right-wing news sites like the Drudge Report and Breitbart news. What Trump found there was a collection of themes and online memes that constituted a universe of taken for granted understandings among the populist right base of the Republican Party. Trump stored these up like a reservoir of riffs that would be available to him, that he could pull out when he felt the moment right—this was the stuff of his free association style of campaigning."

Read more here.

"Strangers in Their Own Land" - Arlie Hochschild's New Book on Anger and Mourning on the American Right

Arlie Hochschild, Professor Emerita of Sociology, UC Berkeley, examines the "deep story" behind support for the Tea Party in her new book, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right.  "In Strangers in Their Own Land, the renowned sociologist Arlie Hochschild embarks on a thought-provoking journey from her liberal hometown of Berkeley, California, deep into Louisiana bayou country—a stronghold of the conservative right. As she gets to know people who strongly oppose many of the ideas she champions, Hochschild nevertheless finds common ground with the people she meets—among them a Tea Party activist whose town has been swallowed by a sinkhole caused by a drilling accident—people whose concerns are ones that all Americans share: the desire for community, the embrace of family, and hopes for their children."

Read Jason DeParle's NYT review of the book here.

Watch a videorecording of a Berkeley Sociology Forum featuring Hochschild's book.

New book on the Islamic State by Brian Fishman

CRWS affiliated scholar and Counterterrorism Research Fellows at the New American Foundation, Brian Fishman, has a new book out, The Master Plan: Isis, al-Qaeda, and the Jihadi Strategy for Final Victory.The book offers an incisive narrative history of the Islamic State, from the 2005 master plan to reestablish the Caliphate to its quest for Final Victory in 2020.

Brian will give a talk based on his new book at a CRWS colloquium on Thursday, February 2, 4-5:30pm in the Wildavsky Conference Room at ISSI (2538 Channing Way).

Read more about the book here.

Karen Trapenberg Frick on "Citizen activism, conservative views and mega planning in a digital era"

An article by CRWS affiliated scholar, Karen Trapenberg Frick (City and Regional Planning, UC Berkeley) was just published in the journal Planning Theory and Practice (Volume 17, Issue 1).  In the article, Trapenberg Frick presents new research on conservative citizen activists, who effectively use "technology outside of official channels to participate and mobilize" in opposition to regional planning in Atlanta, Georgia and the San Francisco Bay Area. "I find activists use new media in combination with traditional strategies to communicate, organize, market their cause and refine tactics. The new media facilitates their channeling of deeply held emotions into the production, performance and circulation of counter-narratives that destabilize the planning process as conventionally understood. Planners' responses are largely reactive and catching up to the challenge. As a result, planners I interviewed are rethinking civic engagement in a digital era." Read more here. 

The New Nationalism and the First World War - Now Available

The New Nationalism and the First World War, edited by Lawrence Rosenthal and Vesna Rodic (Palgrave/Macmillan Press, October 2014), examines the rise of a new form of nationalism at the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth centuries. This acrimonious new conception of the nation was tied to the vast social disruptions emerging in the urbanizing and industrializing modern world. Earlier, the ethnocentrism of imperialism had defined the "Other" outside national boundaries. Now that dialectic turned inward as well, aiming to define a collective identity by seeking an "enemy within." Taking an interdisciplinary approach, this volume examines the new conceptions of national identity present in nationalist movements across a variety of geopolitical contexts in pre-First World War years. It is dedicated to a transnational study of the features of the turn-of-the-century nationalism, their manifestations in social and political arenas and the arts and their influence on the development of the global-scale conflict that was the First World War.

To read more about the book and authors, click here. To purchase a copy of the book, click here

Steep: The Precipitous Rise of the Tea Party

Steep: The Precipitous Rise of the Tea Party (University of California Press, August 2012), edited by Lawrence Rosenthal and Christine Trost is now available from UC Press.

In the Spring of 2009, the Tea Party emerged onto the American political scene. In the wake of Obama's election, as commentators proclaimed the "death of conservatism," Tax Day rallies and Tea Party showdowns at congressional town hall meetings marked a new and unexpected chapter in American conservatism. Accessible to students and general readers,Steep: The Precipitous Rise of the Tea Party brings together leading scholars and experts on the American Right to examine a political movement that electrified American society. Topics addressed by the volume's contributors include the Tea Party's roots in earlier mass movements of the Right and in distinctive forms of American populism and conservatism, the significance of class, race and gender to the rise and successes of the Tea Party, the effect of the Tea Party on the Republican Party, the relationship between the Tea Party and the Religious Right, and the contradiction between the grass-roots nature of the Tea Party and the established political financing behind it. Throughout the volume, authors provide detailed and often surprising accounts of the movement's development at local and national levels. In an Epilogue, the Editors address the relationship between the Tea Party and the Occupy Wall Street movement.

To order a copy and/or read more about the book click here

Bibliography of Academic Theses and Dissertations on the American Right

CRWS is pleased to make available Ernie's Lazar's extensive bibliography of academic theses and PhD dissertations on the American Right. Mr. Lazar has spent three decades collecting archival material on the right wing and is committed to making his work available to a wide audience of researchers. The bibliography is organized thematically and some of its citations go back more than 50 years. To our knowledge, this is the most exhaustive directory of its kind available on line or elsewhere.

Read more about the Bibliography here.

CRWS People for the American Way Collection of Conservative Political Ephemera and Broadcasting, 1980-2004, Now Available

In June of 2010, People for the American Way (PFAW) donated its vast and unique collection of political ephemera and video broadcasting on the American Right to CRWS.

The paper archive has been processed and is now permanently housed at UC Berkeley's prestigious Bancroft Library, one of the largest and most heavily used libraries of manuscripts, rare books, and unique materials in the United States, which is open to students and scholars from around the world.  Comprised of approximately 1,220 organizations, 300 individual files, and 80 rare right-wing magazines and newspapers, the Collection charts the flourishing movements of American conservatism from the 1980s to the early twenty-first century. The materials in the collection, which include organizations' and individuals' pamphlets, direct mailings, publications, speeches, conference programs, internal financial records, membership lists, fundraising strategies, voter guides, manuals, and biographies document the ideological orientations, policy positions, talking points, and organizational structures and strategies of hundreds of right-wing organizations, individuals, and publications. A large portion of the collection focuses specifically on documents associated with the "religious right." Of particular interest (due to scope) are materials pertaining to the American Family Association, Christian Coalition, Coalition for Better TV, Concerned Women for America, Family Research Council, the Moral Majority, and the Pat Robertson Papers. Additionally, there are comprehensive collections of the following publications: Charisma & Christian LifeChalcedon Report,ChronicleFocus on the Family and New American. Issues covered in the Collection include political strategy and tactics, taxation, race, guns, the judiciary, marriage, homosexuality, foreign policy, the military, and the role of religion in American politics. It is our hope that political scientists, sociologists, historians, legal scholars, policy makers, and other scholars will use the collection to illuminate our historical and social understanding of the American Right.

The video archive contains over 2,000 DVDs with content transferred from PFAW's videotape collection of network and cable broadcasting, widely documenting year-to-year developments among major figures and organizations of the right. Televangelist broadcasts occupy a good portion of the archive, including such television programs as Pat Robertson's 700 Club, The Old Time Gospel Hour, and Falwell Live, among others. In many instances the archive directory indicates the guests or issues covered on a particular show. The archive also includes speeches by important figures on the right (e.g. Ronald Reagan, Pat Buchanan); coverage of important Congressional proceedings (e.g. the Bork nomination); coverage of important conservative events (e.g., The Conservative Political Action Convention); and one-off productions on particular subjects by right-wing groups (e.g., Falwell's film on the Clintons, Circle of Power). The video archive is housed at the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues at the University of California at Berkeley, which is also the home of the Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies.  Scholars who are interested in obtaining access to the video archive may contact CRWS Program Director and ISSI Associate Director, Dr. Christine Trost (ctrost AT berkeley.edu).

To read more about the materials in the Collection and how to access them, click here.