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What is the Alt-Right, and how will it affect America?

Donald Trump’s election as president in 2016 suddenly brought to prominence a political movement that few in political circles or the mainstream media had paid much attention to: the so-called Alt-Right. Steven Bannon, Trump's campaign manager, was a leading figure in the movement, and the election results seemed to give it a real opportunity to gain some political power.

But what is the Alt-Right? Is it a movement, a theory, a trend, or just an unorganized group of people far outside of what used to be the political mainstream in America? Or, could it be all of these things? Why has it suddenly emerged into prominence? What impact is it having on American politics today, and what are the prospects for the Alt-Right in the future?

Through careful research and analysis, The Rise of the Alt-Right addresses these and other questions, tracing the movement’s history from the founding of modern conservatism in postwar America to the current Trump era. Although the Alt-Right might seem to be just the latest extremist group to arise in the United States—one likely to take its place in the graveyard of its many predecessors—Thomas J. Main analyzes evidence that the Alt-Right is having a greater influence on the American political mainstream than did past extremist tendencies. The Rise of the Alt-Right is thus an important study for anyone interested in the future of American politics and public life.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Front Flap, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Part I: The Problem of the Alt-Right
  1. 1. The Emergence of the Alt-Right
  2. pp. 3-10
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  1. 2. How Big Is the Alt-Right? Analysis of Web Magazines' Visitorship
  2. pp. 11-30
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  1. Part II: Intellectual Roots of the Alt-Right
  1. 3. From Right-Wing Extremism to the Postpaleos
  2. pp. 33-84
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  1. 4. Crystallization of the Alt-Right from 2000 to 2016
  2. pp. 85-112
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  1. Part III: Alt-Right Ideology
  1. 5. Primer on Ideologies
  2. pp. 115-122
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  1. 6. The Alt-Right on the Foundational Principles of American Politics
  2. pp. 123-165
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  1. 7. Racialism
  2. pp. 166-194
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  1. 8. Anti-Americanism
  2. pp. 195-209
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  1. 9. The Alt-Lite, Breitbart, Bannon, and Trump
  2. pp. 210-230
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  1. 10. Conclusion: The Alt-Right and the Future of American Democratic Discourse
  2. pp. 231-254
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  1. Notes
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  1. Index
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  1. Back Flap
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780815732907
Related ISBN
9780815732884
MARC Record
OCLC
1042242428
Pages
320
Launched on MUSE
2018-07-08
Language
English
Open Access
No
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