On Election Day in 2016, it seemed unthinkable to many Americans that Donald Trump could become president of the United States. But the victories of the Obama administration hid from view fundamental problems deeply rooted in American social institutions and history. The election's consequences drastically changed how Americans experience their country, especially for those threatened by the public outburst of bigotry and repression. Amid the deluge of tweets and breaking news stories that turn each day into a political soap opera, it can be difficult to take a step back and see the big picture. To confront the threats we face, we must recognize that the Trump presidency is a symptom, not the malady.
Antidemocracy in America is a collective effort to understand how we got to this point and what can be done about it. Assembled by the sociologist Eric Klinenberg as well as the editors of the online magazine Public Books, Caitlin Zaloom and Sharon Marcus, it offers essays from many of the nation's leading scholars, experts on topics including race, religion, gender, civil liberties, protest, inequality, immigration, climate change, national security, and the role of the media. Antidemocracy in America places our present in international and historical context, considering the worldwide turn toward authoritarianism and its varied precursors. Each essay seeks to inform our understanding of the fragility of American democracy and suggests how to protect it from the buried contradictions that Trump's victory brought into public view.
This book offers readers more than respite from the relentless buzz of tweets, shares, and posts that overcrowd our daily consciousness; it supplies a beneficial point of departure for thinking critically about the direction of our political life in these challenging times. Antidemocracy in America is thoughtfully curated and insightful. - Anthony S. Chen, author of The Fifth Freedom: Jobs, Politics, and Civil Rights in the United States, 1941-1972
Introduction: The Big Picture, by Eric KlinenbergPart I. The Crisis: Where We AreResource Extraction, by Michelle Wilde AndersonConfronting Manhood After Trump, by Lisa WadePredatory Real Estate, by Thomas J. SugrueThe Misinformation Society, by Victor PickardDefending Open Cities, by Saskia SassenCriminalizing Immigrants, by Alina DasTrump, Trade, and War, by Oona A. Hathaway and Scott J. ShapiroRule by Misrule, by Richard SennettSchool of Trump, by Pedro NogueraTrump on Twitter: How a Medium Designed for Democracy Became an Authoritarian's Mouthpiece, by Fred TurnerTrump's Attack on Knowledge, by Craig CalhounPart II. The Collapse: How We Got HereThe Devastated House of Labor, by Margaret LeviUnholy Alliances, by Shamus KhanCoalthink, by Gretchen BakkeViolence and Criminal Justice, by Patrick SharkeyWomen Voters, Left and Right, by Linda GordonThe Office of the Presidency, by Robert ShrumReligion and the Republic, by Philip GorskiEvangelical Voters, by Tanya Marie LuhrmannGun Culture, by Harel ShapiraBlack Women and the FBI, by Ashley FarmerConfederate Revisionist History, by Douglas S. MasseyTrump's Charisma, by Steven LukesUnequal America, by Michelle Jackson and David B. GruskyPart III. The Solutions: What We Can DoWorking-Class Environmentalism, by Daniel Aldana CohenDefending Society, by Wendy BrownProtest, Violent and Nonviolent, by Judith ButlerSocial Solidarity, by Michele Lamont"The Parliament of Bodiesa, by Jack HalberstamThe Right Type of Citizenship, by Jefferson CowieMultiracial Cooperation, by William Julius WilsonList of Contributors
Series: Public Books
Number Of Pages: 288
Available: 25th June 2019
Publisher: COLUMBIA UNIV PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 19.05 x 11.43
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1