What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been: Race, Social Movements, and the 2016 Presidential Race
- EVT 484
- Nov 2
- 7:30 pm
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“The striking escalation in partisan bloodletting and governmental dysfunction during the Obama years bear the clear imprint of . . . two central structuring forces: the continuing—indeed increasing—significance of race in American politics; and the dynamic interaction of, and tension between, movement and party as forms and logics of politics.”
Nothing has shaped this year’s race more than these same two forces. In characterizing Mexican immigrants as “rapists,” failing to repudiate David Duke’s endorsement, and proposing to bar Muslims from entering the country, Donald Trump represents the most extreme expression of the racially polarized politics that have characterized the Republican Party for the past half century. And in the Trump and Bernie Sanders campaigns we saw movements challenging and pushing the two parties toward their ideological margins. Only Hillary Clinton’s candidacy was rooted in a traditional party-based election campaign. In short, for all the strangeness of this year’s race, it is far more continuous with the past, as McAdam will seek to demonstrate in his talk.
Doug McAdam, Ray Lyman Wilbur Professor of Sociology, Stanford Doug McAdam is the author or co-author of eighteen books and ninety articles in the area of political sociology, with a special emphasis on race in the US, American politics, and the study of social movements.
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