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ISBN 9781032056203
December 31, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
304 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

 
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Rising Fascism in America: It Can Happen Here explores how rising fascism has infiltrated U.S. politics—and how the media and academia failed to spot its earlier rise. Anthony R. DiMaggio spotlights the development of rightwing polarization of the media, Trump’s political ascendance, and the prominence of extremist activists, including in Congress. Fascism has long bubbled under the surface until the coup attempt of January 6th, 2021. This book offers tactics to combat fascism, exploring social movements such as Antifa and Black Lives Matter in mobilizing the public. When so little scholarship engages the question of fascism, Anthony R. DiMaggio combines the rigor of academic analysis with an accessible style that appeals to student and general readers. Rising Fascism in America explores how rising fascism has infiltrated U.S. politics—and how the media and academia failed to spot its earlier rise. He spotlights the development of rightwing polarization of the media, Trump’s political ascendance, and the prominence of extremist activists, including in Congress. Fascism has long bubbled under the surface until the coup attempt of January 6th, 2021. This book offers tactics to combat fascism, exploring social movements such as Antifa and Black Lives Matter in mobilizing the public. When so little scholarship engages the question of fascism, DiMaggio combines the rigor of academic analysis with an accessible style that appeals to student and general readers.

Table of Contents

Introduction. A Fascist Movement in America?, Chapter 1. The Enablers – "Liberal" Democratic Institutions and Neofascistic Politics, Chapter 2. The Trojan Horse – "Conservative" Media and the Mainstreaming of Neofascistic Politics, Chapter 3. The Bridge – How Donald Trump Normalized Neofascistic Politics, Chapter 4. The Base – Trumpism as a Neofascistic Political Movement, Chapter 5. The Resistance – Antifascism in U.S. Social Movements

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Biography

Dr. Anthony DiMaggio is Associate Professor of Political Science at Lehigh University. His research emphasizes the interactions between politics, social movements, the news media, and the American right. He is the author of 9 books, including Political Power in America (2019), Rebellion in America (Routledge 2020) and Unequal America (Routledge 2021). He has been an active participant in social movement politics for the last two decades, and is an avid social commentator.