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TerrifiedHow Anti-Muslim Fringe Organizations Became Mainstream$
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Christopher A. Bail

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691159423

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691159423.001.0001

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The Cultural Environment of Collective Behavior

The Cultural Environment of Collective Behavior

(p.1) Chapter 1 The Cultural Environment of Collective Behavior

Christopher Bail

Princeton University Press

This chapter first sets out the book's purpose, which is to answer the question of how a small group of anti-Muslim organizations commandeered the collective identity of Islam across so much of the American public sphere. It examines how collective actors compete to shape shared understandings of Islam within the American media, the policy process, and everyday life. In so doing, the book provides a new theory of how collective actors create cultural change after major historical ruptures such as the September 11 attacks. The chapter then discusses the study of cultural change with Big Data, followed by an overview of the subsequent chapters.

Keywords:   cultural change, anti-Muslim organizations, collective identity, Islam, September 11

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