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Trump Studies: An Intellectual Guide to Why Citizens Vote Against Their Interests

by Tara Brabazon, Steve Redhead and Runyararo Chivaura Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Pub Date:
11/2018
ISBN:
9781787697829
Format:
Pbk 224 pages
Price:
AU$84.00 NZ$86.09
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Why do citizens vote against their own best interest? Trump Studies addresses this key question; probing the value of thinking, reading, writing and interpretation during times of economic, social and political uncertainty. With a compelling voice and academic rigour, the authors explore how and why xenophobia and sexism are the grammar of contemporary popular culture and politics.


 


The Brexit result and the Trump victory cannot be studied in a laboratory; the silent majority will not sit in a petri dish, waiting to be researched. The theories and methodologies developed into this book not only explain these two mega and meta events, they create space for ideas that challenge and dissent, and make the case for the role and value of universities in a time when evidence, expertise and facts often dissolve into opinion, emotion and fake news.


 


Donald Trump does not matter. Trump Studies does matter - and this is a siren call to all intellectuals to intervene and transform the currency of theory in empiricist times.

Introduction: Tough Knowledge and Difficult Knowing in Ignorant Times


Chapter 1. Shadowing the Silent Majorities


Chapter 2. The Banality of Capitalism (and feminism)


Chapter 3. Return of the Repressed Amidst the Double Refusal


Chapter 4. Tweeting in the Interregnum


Chapter 5. Pens and Tower Blocks


Chapter 6. The Banality of Racism (and capitalism)


Chapter 7 Intellectuals in the Interregnum


Conclusion: Underthink it

Tara Brabazon is the Dean of Graduate Research and Professor of Cultural Studies at Flinders University, Australia. She is the winner of six teaching awards and has published seventeen books and over 200 refereed articles and book chapters. She is also a columnist for the Times Higher Education. Her personal website is href=www.brabazon.net>www.brabazon.net.


 


Steve Redhead was the Professor of Cultural Studies at Flinders University, Australia. He was also Adjunct Professor of Cultural Studies in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, York University, Canada. Steve published seventeen books including Theoretical Times and We Have Never Been Postmodern: Theory at the Speed of Light. He was editor of the Bloomsbury book series Subcultural Style. Steve’s personal website is located at href=www.steveredhead.zone>www.steveredhead.zone. This was Steve's last book, as he died in March 2018, just as this book was completed to send to reviewers.


 


Runyararo S. Chivaura completed her PhD in Cultural Studies at Flinders University, Australia. Her Doctoral research focused on the role of media representations and individual consumption on the symbolic formation and negotiation of identity amongst African immigrants in Australia.