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Change They Can't Believe In: The Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in America

Christopher S. Parker and Matt A. Barreto


Are Tea Party supporters merely a group of conservative citizens concerned about government spending? Or are they racists who refuse to accept Barack Obama as their president because he's not white? This book offers an alternative argument—that the Tea Party is driven by the reemergence of a reactionary movement in American politics that is fueled by a fear that America has changed for the worse. Providing a range of original evidence and rich portraits of party sympathizers as well as activists, the book shows that the perception that America is in danger directly informs how Tea Party suppor ... More

Keywords: Tea Party, conservatives, American politics, reactionary movement, Barack Obama, U.S. president

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780691163611
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691163611.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher S. Parker, author
University of Washington

Matt A. Barreto, author
University of Washington