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The Cultivation of ResentmentTreaty Rights and the New Right$
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Jeffrey R. Dudas

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804758093

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804758093.001.0001

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Rights, Resentment, and Social Change

Rights, Resentment, and Social Change

(p.1) Chapter 1 Rights, Resentment, and Social Change
The Cultivation of Resentment
Stanford University Press

This chapter first sets out the book's purpose, which is to analyze special-rights talk both as it constitutes a specific set of disputes and as it reverberates generally. The book undertakes an in-depth exploration of opposition to Indian treaty rights that illustrates the general impacts of special-rights discourse on American politics. The chapter considers legal-mobilization scholarship, and then discusses how conservative legal mobilizations are, in large part, reactions to the political activism of women, African Americans, the physically and mentally disabled, Indians, and gays and lesbians over the past fifty years—an activism characterized by a willingness to mobilize rights as resources for social change. However, threatened by the activism of the socially marginal, many resentful Americans responded with an activism of their own. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   special rights, discourse, legal mobilization, activism, social change, American society, Indian treaty rights

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