Hegemony now! : an examination of the Tea Party's hegemonic project


Hegemony now! : an examination of the Tea Party's hegemonic project

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dc.contributor.advisor Kumar, Shanti
dc.creator Daniels, Jonathan Ashley
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-08T18:47:09Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-08T18:47:09Z
dc.date.created 2011-12
dc.date.issued 2012-02-08
dc.date.submitted December 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2011-12-4762
dc.description.abstract The Tea Party’s influence in the recent 2010 elections suggests that the group is making an impact within American politics. This project seeks to identify the cultural forces at work and ground them within Antonio Gramsci’s framework of hegemony. Taking a cue from Michael Bérubé’s recent book The Left at War, I perform a close analysis of the Tea Party’s project for hegemony. I focus on the media discourses of the Tea Party movement, performing a close reading of two key Tea Party websites and unpacking two important televised moments relating to the Tea Party’s rise as a grassroots movement. I argue that the Tea Party uses the practice of articulation to persuade the American public that Tea Party members are the rightful heirs to the project of “America” that the Founding Fathers began centuries ago by using the theories of Bérubé, Stuart Hall, Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe as reference points. Finally, I use my analysis of the Tea Party’s articulatory practices to begin exploring a way forward for the American Left, building on the groundbreaking cultural work of Bérubé, Hall, and Laclau and Mouffe.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subject Tea Party
dc.subject Hegemony
dc.subject Republican
dc.subject Democrat
dc.subject Politics
dc.subject Discourse
dc.subject Occupy Wall Street
dc.subject Gramsci
dc.subject Berube
dc.subject Stuart Hall
dc.subject Laclau and Mouffe
dc.subject Laclau
dc.subject Mouffe
dc.subject Harvey
dc.subject Postmodern
dc.subject Hegemonic
dc.title Hegemony now! : an examination of the Tea Party's hegemonic project
dc.title.alternative Examination of the Tea Party's hegemonic project
dc.date.updated 2012-02-08T18:47:18Z
dc.identifier.slug 2152/ETD-UT-2011-12-4762
dc.contributor.committeeMember Mallapragada, Madhavi
dc.description.department Radio-Television-Film
dc.type.genre thesis
dc.type.material text
thesis.degree.department Radio-Television-Film
thesis.degree.discipline Radio-Television-Film
thesis.degree.grantor University of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts

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