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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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The Countersubversive Persuasion: Special-Rights Talk and the Anti-Treaty-Rights Movement

The Countersubversive Persuasion: Special-Rights Talk and the Anti-Treaty-Rights Movement

(p.39) Chapter 3 The Countersubversive Persuasion: Special-Rights Talk and the Anti-Treaty-Rights Movement
The Cultivation of Resentment
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This chapter explores how anti-treaty-rights activists mobilize a particular rights discourse—special-rights talk—as a conceptual resource for making sense of, and opposing, the redistributive rights claims made by tribal nations. It argues that activists' special-rights talk partially constitutes their political visions and identities. It amplifies their resentment of treaty rights, which they interpret not only as threats to self-interest and group interest, but also as threats to national values. Their special-rights talk thus turns anti-treaty-rights activists into countersubversives. The chapter first details how activists have mobilized against what they understand to be the special treaty rights of tribal nations. Second, it introduces an argument that is pursued in the book's concluding chapter: mobilizations against treaty rights are a species of a more general tendency in contemporary American politics; they are expressions of resentment over the political participation of traditionally disadvantaged Americans.

Keywords:   anti-treaty-rights activists, legal mobilization, special rights, redistributive rights, tribal nations

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