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The Cultivation of Resentment
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The Cultivation of Resentment: Treaty Rights and the New Right

Jeffrey R. Dudas

Abstract

This is an examination of how grassroots conservative activists use rights discourse to pursue their political goals. It argues that conservative activists engage in frequent and sincere mobilizations of rights talk—a discourse that includes accusations that socially marginal Americans are seeking un-American, “special” rights that violate the nation's commitment to equal rights. The book finds that such rights talk is central both to the identities of conservative activists and to the broad appeal of modern New Right politics. However, through an in-depth case study of opposition on the India ... More

Keywords: conservative activists, rights talk, socially marginal Americans, equal rights, New Right politics, Indian treaty rights, nationalistic resentment, conservative politics, law, rights discourse

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780804758093
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804758093.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey R. Dudas, author