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Rupert - Syracuse University
Guided Tour of Regressive Populist Anti-Globalism
- University of Wisconsin - The American Right
and the Reconstruction of Common Sense in the US
Annotated List of Selected Serials Published by the Far Right by
John Cherney and Jim Danky
Racism - Camara Phyllis Jones - Harvard School of Public Health
about the Far Right: A Selected Bibliography by John Cherney
and Jim Danky
Student Bibliographic Studies
Migration, Racism - Dutch SocioSite
The language many people use to talk about right-wing
groups and movements -- "extremist," "lunatic fringe, "radical
right," "wing nuts," -- and the idea of a political "horseshoe" map
where "extremists of the left and right" merge, is a legacy
of Centrist/Extremist Theory, sometimes called the Pluralist
School. These ideas come from Lipset, Bell, and others who went
on to form the neoconservative movement in the US. Many sociologists
who study right wing movements consider Centrist/Extremist Theory
to have been thoroughly discredited, yet it remains the primary
model for public discussions, and influences major human relations
groups in the US.
As a reaction against Centrist/Extremist theories,
several theoretical frameworks emerged: resource mobilization,
political process model, political opportunity structures, new
social movements theory, frame analysis, collective identities,
etc. These can be lumped together under the name "complex social
movement theories. Complex social movement theories are highly
critical of Centrist/Extremist Theory as a legacy of cold war
There are three historic analytical models
for studying social and political movements of the right:
Overviews of the Three Conceptual Models
Frameworks and Assumptions Regarding Dissident Social Movements
There are repercussions when applying
Centrist/Extremist Theory to dissident movements, since it
is a framework that encourages the violation of civil liberties.
Centrist/Extremist Theory anticipates violence as an inevitable
outcome of dissent. Overreaction in the form of police excessive
use of force or surveillance abuse is a common outcome. The
This study has four topical reviews:
- Liberal & Neoconservative
Collaboration in State Repression
- The San Francisco
Spying Scandal and ADL
- Repression, RICO, and Anti-abortion
- Repression and the Patriot and Armed Militia
Authoritarian State Repression
and Countersubversion is an in-depth review of the theories
of Frank Donner
of Social Movements
Sense by Dan Brook
An introduction to basic sociological concepts
Terms Used to Study Social Movements
Washington State University - American Studies
Washington State University - American Studies
Other Research Resources
-- The Money Behind the Media: A large searchable collection
of grant data from 990 forms from right-wing foundations and
their grantees on this site. Can be daunting at first, but
worth the effort.
Center's Impact Research Collection of Links
Investigative Resources on the Web
Funding & Foundations
Research Skills, Logic, & Propaganda
Debunking Conspiracism & Urban Legends
on Holocaust Denial
Audio Programs Online
Populism in America
07/13/2002 - Length: 29:30
Subtitle: Interview with Chip Berlet
the Pale: The Progressive Jewish Radio Hour
7/6/01 Length: 60:00
Subtitle: Guest Chip Berlet, expert on the Right Wing, discusses conspiracy
theory in "Rule by Secrecy" by Jim Marrs
The Electoral Right
in the U.S.
A Selected Bibliography for Researching the Contemporary
Himmelstein, Jerome L. 1990. To the Right: The Transformation
of American Conservatism. Berkeley: University of California
Diamond, Sara. 1995. Roads to Dominion: Right–Wing
Movements and Political Power in the United States,
New York: Guilford.
Frank, Thomas. 2004. What's the Matter with Kansas?: How
Conservatives Won the Heart of America. New York: Metropolitan
Ferguson, Thomas, and Joel Rogers. 1986. Right Turn:
The Decline of the Democrats and the Future of American
Politics. New York: Hill and Wang.
Lakoff, George.  2002. Moral Politics: How Liberals
and Conservatives Think. Chicago: University of Chicago.
Kazin, Michael. 1995. The Populist Persuasion: An American
History. New York: Basic Books.
Faludi, Susan. 1992. Backlash: The Undeclared War Against
American Women. New York: Doubleday.
Brennan, Mary C. 1995. Turning Right in the Sixties:
The Conservative Capture of the GOP. Chapel Hill: University
of North Carolina Press.
Balz, Daniel J., and Ronald Brownstein. 1996. Storming
the Gates: Protest Politics and the Republican Revival.
Boston: Little, Brown.
Hodgson, Godfrey. 1996. The World Turned Right Side Up:
A History of the Conservative Ascendancy in America.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
Hardisty, Jean V. 1999. Mobilizing Resentment: Conservative
Resurgence from the John Birch Society to the Promise Keepers.
Berlet, Chip and Matthew N. Lyons. 2000. Right-Wing Populism
in America: Too Close for Comfort. New York: Guilford
Easton, Nina J. 2000. Gang of Five: Leaders at the Center
of the Conservative Crusade. New York: Simon and Schuster.
McGirr, Lisa. 2001. Suburban Warriors: The Origins of
the New American Right. Princeton: Princeton University
Perlstein, Rick. 2001. Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater
and the Unmaking of the American Consensus. New York:
Hill and Wang.
Schoenwald, Jonathan M. 2001. A Time for Choosing: The
Rise of Modern American Conservatism. Oxford: Oxford
Political Research Associates has one of the largest
physical collections of right-wing literature available
by appointment to serious scholars in the United States. In
terms of breadth--from conservative electoral groups to extreme
right neonazis, with both primary and secondary material
racism, sexism, heterosexism, antisemitism, authoritarianism,
and other forms of oppression--it is the most comprehensive
public collection on the U.S. political right. The collection
contains over 5,000 books, 1100 serial titles, 48 drawers
of files, scores of archival boxes, and hundreds of video
and audio tapes: more than 500,000 documents and other
Other large general library/archive collections open
to scholars through special arrangement include:
University of Iowa - Social Documents Collection.
The largest collection of right-wing periodicals and
ephemera. "Today the Collection contains periodicals,
pamphlets, flyers, radio broadcast scripts, handbills,
leaflets, bulletins, news sheets, correspondence, bumper
stickers, and even tea bags issued by the Tax Rebellion
Committee of Los Angeles County. Periodicals in the
Collection include such titles as America's Future,
Christian News, Colorado Leader, Free China Journal,
Spotlight, and Sword of the Lord. Most of the publications
in the collection have been received as gifts from
the publishers. There are 918 document boxes and 36
file drawers of material.
Other topical collections:
of Kansas - Wilcox Collection. Printed material from
both Right & Left dissident groups.
" is one of the largest assemblages of US left and right wing political literature
in this country. Established in 1965, the collection has grown steadily to include
coverage of more than 10,000 individuals and organizations. The bulk of the collection
covers 1960 to the present and is comprised of nearly 10,000 books, pamphlets
and periodicals, 800 audio tapes, 73 linear feet of manuscript materials and
more than 100,000 pieces of ephemera including flyers, brochures, mailings, clippings
and bumper stickers."
The State Historical
Society of Wisconsin - Newspapers & Periodicals
Collection - has an extraordinary collection of microfilmed
right-wing periodicals. The Social
Action Collection includes material on right-to-life
groups. Try searching
online. This works best if you know the name of a specific
periodical: Chronicles of Culture, American Mercury. Otherwise,
try using a keywords or subject browse search: conservatives;
abortion; extremists; white supremacy movements; neo-nazis.
University of California at Berkeley
The Bancroft Library at U.C. Berkeley maintains the Sara Diamond Collection on the U.S. Right:
"A collection of materials on the conservative movement in the United States, some of which date back to the '40s and '50s, has been given to the Bancroft Library by sociologist Sara Diamond. The 62 boxes of material from her personal archive contain primary source material from right-wing organizations, and also notes by Diamond which she took during conservative meetings and rallies. Described as critical of conservatives, Diamond is the author of several books about the U.S. right, including Roads to Dominion: Right-Wing Movements and Political Power in the United States, and... Not by Politics Alone: The Enduring Influence of the Christian Right."
This collection is currently unprocessed, but portions have been cleared. Contact the library for more information.
The Center for the Comparative Study of Right-Wing Movements is also housed at the University of California at Berkeley (http://ccsrwm.berkeley.edu).
U.S Holocaust Memorial Museum Library
Simon Wiesenthal Center - Antisemitism, Nazi Genocide,
Race Hate. Library is open to serious scholars and students
who apply in writing. "The Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum
of Tolerance Library and Archives has grown from a fledgling
fifty books in 1978, to a collection of over 40,000 volumes
and non-print materials. The Archives is a repository,
incorporating photographs, diaries, letters, artifacts,
artwork and rare books, which are available to researchers,
students and the general public."
Tufts University - (being cataloged) the Institute
for First Amendment Studies collection focusing on the
of Oregon - Ask for the Keith Stimely Collection.
Historical Revisionism / Holocaust Denial / Neofascism.
Researchers Gordon Hall and Grace Hoag provided "extremist" literature to
several library/archive collections:
University - Request information on the Hall-Hoag
Collection of Extremist and Dissenting Literature -
especially good collection on the John Birch Society. "The
Hall-Hoag Collection includes post-World War II materials
on racism, politics, and the civil rights movement
in America, mostly ephemeral and controversial in nature....111,000
different items representing the publications of 3,884
University - "Hall-Hoag Archives on Extremism in the
United States. The collection includes approximately 5,000
exemplars of right and left wing "extremist literature" pertaining
to social, religious and political issues. The materials
cover the period from 1960 through the 1980's and are arranged
alphabetically by title under the name of the sponsoring
organization. A Checklist of Materials in the Hall-Hoag
Collection of Extremist Literature, is available in the
Special Collections Department (Z7164 .L65 B79 1987)."
University of Akron in Ohio - (being cataloged) Another
set of documents from the Hall-Hoag Collection.
Assorted Other Locations
University of Michigan -
Michigan State University - Ku
Klux Klan and some racist
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