Fall 2019

Trump, the Right, and American Society

Listed in: Anthropology and Sociology, as SOCI-241

Formerly listed as: SOCI-41


Jerome L. Himmelstein (Section 01)


The election of Donald Trump was startling to many. We begin with the many efforts to explain this, focusing on the role of race, class, place, and political party. We then contextualize that election in four ways: (1) historically (how the American Right has developed over time); (2) socially (how political choices emerge from the complexities of everyday lives); (3) comparatively (how “right-wing populism” is similar or different in different societies); and (4) structurally (the role of large structures and big processes like globalization and neo-liberalism).

Limited to 35 students. Fall semester. Professor Himmelstein.

SOCI 241 - LEC

Section 01
M 12:30 PM - 01:50 PM BARR 102
W 12:30 PM - 01:50 PM BARR 102

This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Citizen-Protector: The Everyday Politics of Guns in an Age of Decline Oxford University Press Carlson, Jennifer Amherst Books TBD
The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker University of Chicago Press Cramer, Katherine J.J. Amherst Books TBD
Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right New Press Hochschild, Arlie Russell Amherst Books TBD
The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism Oxford University Press Skocpol, Theda Amherst Books TBD
The Age of Reagan, A History, 1974-2008 Harper Perennial Wilentz, Sean Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2019, Spring 2021, Spring 2023, Spring 2024