The Anthropology of Donald Trump
Culture and the Exceptional Moment
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The Anthropology of Donald Trump is an edited volume of original anthropological essays, composed by some of the leading figures in the discipline. It applies their concepts, perspectives, and methods to a sustained and diverse understanding Trump’s supporters, policies, and performance in office. The volume includes ethnographic case studies of ‘Trump country’, examines Trump’s actions in office, and moves beyond Trump as an individual political figure to consider larger structural and institutional issues.
Providing a unique and valuable perspective on the Trump phenomenon, it will be of interest to anthropologists and other social scientists concerned with contemporary American society and politics as well as suitable reading for students and researchers in anthropology and politics, and for courses on political anthropology and U.S. culture.
Table of Contents
Introduction; Jack David Eller
Part One: Ethnographies of Trump Country
Chapter 1 Stigmatized Identity Motivating Right-Wing Populism: How the Tea Party Learned to Love Donald Trump; William Westermeyer
Chapter 2 The Reddest of States: Fieldnotes from Trumplandia; Michael Harkin
Chapter 3 Making the Cuban American Dream Great Again: Race and the Immigrant in Miami; Ariana Hernandez-Reguant
Chapter 4 We’re on the Same Team, Right?: Political Polarization and Social Connections in "Trump Country"; Claudine Pied
Part Two: Performing and Representing Donald Trump
Chapter 5 Indexing Ambivalence: Laterality and Negation in Donald Trump’s Co-Speech Gestures; Daniel Lefkowitz
Chapter 6 Trump the Caudillo: Tapping into Already-Existing Populist Unrest; Micah Fleck
Chapter 7 Lying as a Cultural System; Jack David Eller
Chapter 8 Orange Candles and Shriveled Cheetos: Symbolic Representations of Trump in the Anti-Trump Witchcraft Movement; Julie Fine
Part Three: Donald Trump versus Social Institutions
Chapter 9 "I Don’t Think the Science Knows, Actually": The Biocultural Impacts of Trump’s Anti-Science and Misinformation Rhetoric, the Mishandling of the COVID-19 Pandemic, and Institutionalized Racism; Benjamin Schaefer
Chapter 10 Trumping the Past, Trumping the Future: How Political Messianism and Conspiracy Theory Cultism Come Front and Center in American Politics; Bruce Knauft
Chapter 11 Hindutva and Donald Trump: An Unholy Relation; Raj Singh
Chapter 12 The Events at the Capitol and the Trump Mediation: America’s Uncivil War and New Authoritarian Totalitarian Possibilities; Bruce Kapferer and Roland Kapferer
Afterword; Jeff Maskovsky
Jack David Eller is Head of Global Anthropology of Religion at the Global Center for Religious Research. His research interests include anthropology of religion, psychological anthropology, violence and culture, and Australian Aboriginal cultures. His most recent book is Trump and Political Theology: Unmaking Truth and Democracy.