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Crashing the Tea Party: Mass Media and the Campaign to Remake American Politics
The Tea Party has been the most high profile and controversial social movement in the US of recent times. But real analysis of the Tea Party remains slim - is it a genuine social movement or a topdown interest group created by the Republican Party and corporate funding? Crashing the Tea Party is based on first-hand observation of local Tea Party chapters, and undertakes a ...more
Paperback, 239 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Routledge
(first published May 28th 2011)
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A good, and needed, examination of the Tea Party as a mass-mediated phenomenon (as opposed to a "grassroots" movement). The editing/proofing, though, seemed sloppy at times, and the sometimes-preachy style probably won't do anything for those not already convinced of the authors' point of view.
Paul Street is an independent radical-democratic policy researcher, journalist, historian, author and speaker based in Iowa City, Iowa, and Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of six books to date: Empire and Inequality: America and the World Since 9/11 (Boulder, CO: Paradigm, 2004); Segregated Schools: Educational Apartheid in the Post-Civil Rights Era(New York: Routledge, 2005); Racial Oppressio ...more