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Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics: Patriots, Politics, and the Oklahoma City Bombing (Hardback)
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Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics: Patriots, Politics, and the Oklahoma City Bombing (Hardback)

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Hardback 254 Pages / Published: 11/06/2007
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This book explores social movements by analyzing an escalating spiral of tension between the Patriot movement and the state centered on the mutual framing of conflict as 'warfare'. By examining the social construction of 'warfare' as a principal script or frame defining the movement-state dynamic, Stuart A. Wright explains how this highly charged confluence of a war narrative engendered a kind of symbiosis leading to the escalation of a mutual threat that culminated in the Oklahoma City bombing. Wright offers a unique perspective on the events leading up to the bombing because he served as a consultant to Timothy McVeigh's defense team for eighteen months and draws on primary data based on face-to-face interviews with McVeigh. The book contends that McVeigh was firmly entrenched in the Patriot movement and was part of a network of 'warrior cells' that planned and implemented the bombing.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521872645
Number of pages: 254
Weight: 540 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm


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"Why did "domestic terrorism" on the scale of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing occur? [Patriots, Politics, and the Oklahoma City Bombing] shows how convicted bomber Timothy McVeigh and his co-conspirators rose up from an increasingly militant Patriot social movement that promoted "leaderless resistance" by "phantom cells" in a spiraling "war" with U.S. law enforcement agencies - themselves increasingly militarized through gun raids and the war on drugs. By exploring the deep historical connections of the Patriot movement to Cold-War anti-communism, racist opposition to the Civil Rights movement, the anti-tax movement, the farm crisis, and opposition to gun control, Stuart Wright's gripping and forceful account brings to light the social dynamics of a deeply troubling variant of right-wing political culture that America needs to understand and confront." John R. Hall, University of California - Davis, Author, Apocalypse Observed
"This book should be read by anyone concerned to understand how terrorism, decidedly unrelated to "Islamo-fascism," has arisen in contemporary America. The portrait of Timothy McVeigh is riveting in its own way, but he is, for better or worse, safely dead. What is most disturbing is the suggestion that the current US armed forces may in effect be serving as a training camp for future McVeigh's who may, for whatever complex of reasons, feel a similar alienation from their government." Sanford Levinson, University of Texas, Author, Our Undemocratic Constitution: Where the Constitution Goes Wrong (and How We the People Can Correct It)
"The story of the Oklahoma City bombing is one that Stuart Wright is uniquely qualified to tell because of his masterful understanding of the Patriot movement, partly based on personal interviews with Timothy McVeigh. Combining the skills of a historian, a sociologist, and a detective, Wright places this cataclysmic event in the complex context of broad developments since the end of World War II and the specific policies, individual actions, and government responses that led up to the bombing. The result is a remarkably compelling analysis of the fateful social and political dynamics that brought McVeigh and his truckload of explosives to Oklahoma City. This book is an informative, insightful, and gripping study that is at once irresistibly fascinating and deeply disturbing." Carl Smith, Northwestern University
"Stuart Wright's book provides a fascinating insight into the Christian Patriot movement by centering on the Oklahoma City bombing. Wright draws on many personal interviews to create an account of a spiral of threat and opportunity that is a contribution to the theory of social movements. The book will be of interest to sociologists, political scientists, historians, and all others who study violent social movements." Clyde Wilcox, Georgetown University
"In our post 9/11 world it is too easy to forget that there is a significant, armed, militant, domestic anti-government movement -- one that is also willing to use terrorist tactics. Wright's book is a useful and intellectually engaging reminder. Wright weaves together a nuanced story of how the anti-communism of the '50s, resistance to the civil rights movements of the '60s, the anti-tax backlash of the '70s, and the farm crisis of the '80s combined with a burgeoning "gun culture" to produce a movement that conceives of itself as at war with its own government in order to save its nation. This movement's ideology has been abetted and facilitated by a federal government that has "declared war" on drugs, crime, and terrorism, militarized the police, and expanded the domestic role of the military. Those interested in the far right, Patriot movement militias, and issues of terrorism in the contemporary world should not miss this book." Rhys H. Williams, University of Cincinnati, Editor, Cultural Wars in American Politics

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