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

Tara Brabazon
Flinders University, Australia

Steve Redhead
Flinders University, Australia

Runyararo S. Chivaura
Flinders University, Australia

Product Details
24 Nov 2018
Emerald Publishing Limited
224 pages - 129 x 198mm
Emerald Points
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 Dean of Graduate Research and Professor of Cultural Studies at Flinders University, Australia.  
Steve Redhead was Professor of Cultural Studies at Flinders University, Australia. This is Steve's last book, as he died in March 2018.
Runyararo S. Chivaura completed her PhD in Cultural Studies at Flinders University, Australia. 

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