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Change They Can't Believe in

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List of Figures and Tables vii Preface and Acknowledgments xiii INTRODUCTION Who Is the Tea Party and What Do They Want? 1 1 Toward a Theory of the Tea Party 20 2 Who Likes Tea? Sources of Support for the Tea Party 66 3 Exploring the Tea Party's Commitment to Freedom and Patriotism 102 4 Does the Tea Party Really Want Their Country Back? 153 5 The Tea Party and Obamaphobia - Is the Hostility Real or Imagined? 190 6 Can You Hear Us Now? Why Republicans Are Listening to the Tea Party 218 CONCLUSION 241 Appendix 261 Notes 307 Index 351

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Christopher S. Parker is the Stuart A. Scheingold Professor of Social Justice and Political Science at the University of Washington, Seattle. He is the author of "Fighting for Democracy" (Princeton). Matt A. Barreto is associate professor of political science at the University of Washington, Seattle, and director of the Washington Institute for the Study of Ethnicity, Race and Sexuality. He is the author of "Ethnic Cues".


"A scathing analysis of the Tea Party movement, linking it in spirit to the Ku Klux Klan and the John Birch Society. Taking today's conservative populists to be dangerous and their ideas self-incriminating, the authors speculate that Tea Party supporters may perceive of social change as subversion. Based on research and interviews, they suggest racism, desire for social dominance ... drives the Tea Party."--Publishers Weekly "Change They Can't Believe In offers valuable empirical data on the Tea Party, and its focus on supporters' antagonism toward Obama is critical to understanding the movement."--Michael O'Donnell, New Republic "[A] rigorous scholarly investigation of the tea party... Parker and Barreto make the case that tea party supporters are driven above all by 'anxiety incited by Obama as President.' Intuitively, this may already make sense to many readers, but the authors muster the evidence in support, dividing and subdividing different categories of political activity and belief to arrive at a firm basis for their conclusion... [S]upported by reasoned facts in place of political passions."--Kirkus Reviews "[Parker and Barreto's] statistically informed analysis helps us understand the Tea Party's priorities, its fervor, and its contempt for compromise."--Glenn C. Altschuler, Huffington Post

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