Book Terrified : how anti-Muslim fringe organizations became mainstream / Christopher Bail.
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Call Number BP52 .B35 2015
Media class: Book
Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press
ISBN: 0691159424 9780691159423
Extent: xix, 223 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
"Bail traces how the anti-Muslim narrative of the political fringe has captivated large segments of the American media, government, and general public, validating the views of extremists who argue that the United States is at war with Islam and marginalizing mainstream Muslim-Americans who are uniquely positioned to discredit such claims. Drawing on cultural sociology, social network theory, and social psychology, he shows how anti-Muslim organizations gained visibility in the public sphere, commandeered a sense of legitimacy, and redefined the contours of contemporary debate, shifting it ever outward toward the fringe. Bail illustrates his pioneering theoretical argument through a big-data analysis of more than one hundred organizations struggling to shape public discourse about Islam, tracing their impact on hundreds of thousands of newspaper articles, television transcripts, legislative debates, and social media messages produced since the September 11 attacks. The book also features in-depth interviews with the leaders of these organizations, providing a rare look at how anti-Muslim organizations entered the American mainstream" -- Publisher's description.
The cultural environment of collective behavior -- From the slave trade to the September 11th attacks -- The September 11th attacks and the rise of anti-Muslim fringe organizations -- The rip tide: mainstream Muslim organizations respond -- Fringe benefits: how anti-Muslim organizations became mainstream -- The return of the repressed in the policy process -- Civil society organizations and public understandings of Islam -- The evolution of cultural environments.