The Trump Phenomenon: How the Politics of Populism Won in 2016, 1st Edition

  • Peter Kivisto Augustana College
  • Published By: Emerald Publishing Limited
  • ISBN-10: 1787143678
  • ISBN-13: 9781787143678
  • DDC: 973.933092
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 139 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2017 | Published/Released October 2017
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2017

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On November 8, 2016, American voters surprised the world by electing a rank outsider with no previous political experience, businessman and celebrity Donald J. Trump, to become the 45th President of the United States after one of the most divisive and contentious campaigns in recent history. In this short book, Peter Kivisto analyses how this happened, focusing on who Trump is and the narratives about him and his candidacy that evolved during the campaign, who his supporters are and what their worldview is, and the role of the media, right-wing Christians, and the Republican Party in making Trump’s victory possible. The Trump phenomenon must be viewed as a manifestation of right-wing populism, a movement which has serious implications for democratic values and practices, and this book examines how it took hold in America to put one of the most controversial presidents ever elected into the White House.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
SocietyNow Series.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Democratic Culture and Civic Virtue.
2: The Trump Voter: Labeling the Baskets.
3: Institutional Openings to Authoritarianism.
4: Postscript.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Peter Kivisto

Peter Kivisto, PhD (New School for Social Research), is the Richard Swanson Professor of Social Thought and chair of sociology at Augustana College. Among his recent books are Citizenship: Discourse, Theory, and Transnational Prospects (2007, with Thomas Faist), Intersecting Inequalities (2007, with Elizabeth Hartung), Incorporating Diversity: Rethinking Assimilation in a Multicultural Age (2005), Key Ideas in Sociology (2nd ed., 2004), Multiculturalism in a Global Society (2002), and Social Theory: Roots and Branches (2nd ed., 2002). His primary scholarly and teaching interests revolve around social theory and ethnic and immigration studies. He has served as secretary-treasurer of the American Sociological Association¿s Theory and International Migration Sections and is currently serving as Editor of The Sociological Quarterly.