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Reclaiming “America”: The Tea Party in Ethnographic, Historical and Comparative Perspective

A One-Day Workshop

The Graduate Center, CUNY, on Friday, 26 October 2012

365 5th Avenue, NY, NY

The Tea Party movement emerged in early 2009, decrying President Obama’s stimulus and health care plans.  Initial protests explicitly evoked the symbolism of the 1773 Boston Tea Party and the Revolutionary War, while drawing on the ideological, organizational, and financial resources of contemporary libertarian and conservative struggles.  Stories about the Tea Party quickly dominated the national media, and Tea Party groups became a substantial voice in local, state, and national politics by the elections of 2010.

This one-day workshop brings together scholars and researchers studying this movement to join in a rigorous discussion about where this movement emerged from, what unites it, and where it is going. The conference begins with a talk by Chip Berlet, one of the leading experts on the Tea Party movement, entitled: “Reframing Populist Resentments in the Tea Party Movement.” We will then have a roundtable discussion with four interdisciplinary scholars currently studying the Tea Party, from the perspective of sociologists, planners, and historians.

The conference will conclude with a discussion by Professor Sandra Morgen (Anthropology, University of Oregon) who has completed over three years of ethnographic research on tax-related initiative campaigns in Oregon. Her talk will focus on how a conservative taxpayer identity has developed to shape an anti-tax, small government agenda. After the talk a small reception will be hosted by the CUNY Anthropology department.

Conference organized by Chris Grove and Sophie Statzel Bjork-James, Anthropology Dept, CUNY Graduate Center

For more information, contact: teapartyworkshop2012@gmail.com.



Image by Fibonacci Blue


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