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Conservatism, Media, Political Theory, Race, Racialization, Whiteness

Major Advisor

Jane Gordon

Associate Advisor

Jeffrey Dudas

Associate Advisor

Kristin Kelly

Associate Advisor

Fred Lee

Associate Advisor

Lewis Gordon

Field of Study

Political science


Doctor of Philosophy

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This dissertation explores the role that the discourses of racialization played in shaping U.S conservatism. Through an analysis of the leading conservative periodical, National Review, from 1955-2004, I argue that U.S. conservatism developed a white racial identity politics by actively pitting whites above people of color. By examining the discourse of racialization of blacks during the civil rights movement, East Asians during the Vietnam war, and the immigration debate during the 1980s through the early 2000s, this project examines how writers utilized the periodical National Review to forge and mobilize a distinct white racial political identity central to the discourse of U.S. conservatism.

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