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Publisher Comments:

"Becoming Right vividly illustrates how conservative students experience the university--and how these experiences differ by campus. This beautifully written book is a must read for anyone who seeks to understand the political socialization of conservative leaders and the sources of cleavages within contemporary conservative politics. Appealing to a wide audience, this is a powerful and original approach to the analysis of undergraduate life."--Elizabeth Armstrong, University of Michigan

"Social scientists have paid surprisingly little attention to conservative college students. Becoming Right remedies this with a penetrating analysis of the diverse political styles that can be found among students on the right, and of the campus settings that foster them. This important contribution to political sociology and the sociology of higher education has lessons to teach all readers about the complexity of the conservative movement and the passions of conservative collegians."--Neil Gross, University of British Columbia

"Offering a fascinating and nuanced portrait of young conservatives and their political commitments, Binder and Wood provide invaluable insight into this important but overlooked segment of American politics. Their analysis also illuminates the ways in which universities shape political identity and behavior, and is certain to stimulate new inquiries into the formation of political culture."--Julie A. Reuben, Harvard University

"The rise of conservatism on campus has been a central priority of well-funded think tanks and advocacy groups in their efforts to keep the pipeline full of potential leaders for each new generation. This splendid study of the contemporary campus right fills a huge gap in the public's understanding of the most recent wave of conservative cadre building."--Paul J. DiMaggio, Princeton University

"Becoming Right marshals novel, nuanced material to depict styles of conservative political organization at two U.S. universities. The big finding is that organizational context matters--a lot--for how undergraduates come to think of themselves as political subjects, how they act and react toward their campuses, and how they imagine their own futures. This book clearly demonstrates that political actors are made, not born."--Mitchell L. Stevens, Stanford University

Review:

"In this groundbreaking study, Binder and a UC — San Diego assistant professor of sociology, and Wood, a doctoral candidate in that field, examine conservatives on American university campuses. The heart of the study is a collection of interviews in 2008 and 2009 of current students and recent graduates of two pseudonymous universities: Western Public and Eastern Elite. Binder and Wood find that differences in campus cultures, both formal elements created by the institutions and informal elements fostered by the students, are the primary factors in the differences in the students' behavior. In addition to the interviews of students, the authors also include interviews with staff from national organizations that support campus conservative activity as well as data from UCLA's Higher Education Research Institute. Their study demonstrates that because the much larger Western Public university fosters a sense of anonymity, conservative students there are more likely to choose a provocative approach, whereas the sense of being in a unique community at the Eastern Elite college supports a style of civilized discourse. The use of interviews makes the book a livelier read, but it's still best suited to a narrow audience of academics and political strategists." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

Conservative pundits allege that the pervasive liberalism of America's colleges and universities has detrimental effects on undergraduates, most particularly right-leaning ones. Yet not enough attention has actually been paid to young conservatives to test these claims--until now. In Becoming Right, Amy Binder and Kate Wood carefully explore who conservative students are, and how their beliefs and political activism relate to their university experiences.

Rich in interviews and insight, Becoming Right illustrates that the diverse conservative movement evolving among today's college students holds important implications for the direction of American politics.

Synopsis:

"The rise of conservatism on campus has been a central priority of well-funded think tanks and advocacy groups in their efforts to keep the pipeline full of potential leaders for each new generation. This splendid study of the contemporary campus right fills a huge gap in the public's understanding of the most recent wave of conservative cadre building."--Paul DiMaggio, Princeton University

"Becoming Right marshals novel, nuanced material to depict styles of conservative political organization at two U.S. universities. The big finding is that organizational context matters--a lot--for how undergraduates come to think of themselves as political subjects, how they act and react toward their campuses, and how they imagine their own futures. This book clearly demonstrates that political actors are made, not born."--Mitchell L. Stevens, Stanford University

About the Author

Amy J. Binder is professor of sociology at the University of California, San Diego. She is the author of "Contentious Curricula: Afrocentrism and Creationism in American Public Schools" (Princeton). Kate Wood is an independent scholar.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Chapter 1: Introduction 1

Chapter 2: Who Are Conservative Students? 29

Chapter 3: Sponsored Conservatism: The Landscape of National Conservative Organizations 76

Chapter 4: How Conservatives Think about Campus: The Effects of College Reputations, Social Scenes, and Academics on Student Experience 113

Chapter 5: Provoking Liberals and Campaigning for Republicans: Two Conservative Styles at the Western Public Universities 161

Chapter 6: Civilized Discourse, Highbrow Provocation, and a Fuller Embrace of Campaigning: Three Conservative Styles at Eastern Elite University 213

Chapter 7: Conservative Femininity 270

Chapter 8: The Theory behind the Findings: How Studying College Conservatives Extends Our Understanding of Higher Education, Politics, and Culture 309

Notes 327

References 363

Index 381

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691145372
Author:
Binder, Amy J
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Author:
Binder, Amy J.
Author:
Wood, Kate
Author:
Binde
Author:
r, Amy J.
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Sociology
Subject:
Political Science and International Relations
Subject:
Education
Subject:
Education-Higher Education
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
Higher education
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20130131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 line illus. 13 tables.
Pages:
424
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this groundbreaking study, Binder and a UC — San Diego assistant professor of sociology, and Wood, a doctoral candidate in that field, examine conservatives on American university campuses. The heart of the study is a collection of interviews in 2008 and 2009 of current students and recent graduates of two pseudonymous universities: Western Public and Eastern Elite. Binder and Wood find that differences in campus cultures, both formal elements created by the institutions and informal elements fostered by the students, are the primary factors in the differences in the students' behavior. In addition to the interviews of students, the authors also include interviews with staff from national organizations that support campus conservative activity as well as data from UCLA's Higher Education Research Institute. Their study demonstrates that because the much larger Western Public university fosters a sense of anonymity, conservative students there are more likely to choose a provocative approach, whereas the sense of being in a unique community at the Eastern Elite college supports a style of civilized discourse. The use of interviews makes the book a livelier read, but it's still best suited to a narrow audience of academics and political strategists." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , Conservative pundits allege that the pervasive liberalism of America's colleges and universities has detrimental effects on undergraduates, most particularly right-leaning ones. Yet not enough attention has actually been paid to young conservatives to test these claims--until now. In Becoming Right, Amy Binder and Kate Wood carefully explore who conservative students are, and how their beliefs and political activism relate to their university experiences.

Rich in interviews and insight, Becoming Right illustrates that the diverse conservative movement evolving among today's college students holds important implications for the direction of American politics.

"Synopsis" by , "The rise of conservatism on campus has been a central priority of well-funded think tanks and advocacy groups in their efforts to keep the pipeline full of potential leaders for each new generation. This splendid study of the contemporary campus right fills a huge gap in the public's understanding of the most recent wave of conservative cadre building."--Paul DiMaggio, Princeton University

"Becoming Right marshals novel, nuanced material to depict styles of conservative political organization at two U.S. universities. The big finding is that organizational context matters--a lot--for how undergraduates come to think of themselves as political subjects, how they act and react toward their campuses, and how they imagine their own futures. This book clearly demonstrates that political actors are made, not born."--Mitchell L. Stevens, Stanford University

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