Thoughts on Carolyn Gallaher's On the Fault Line

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Abstract

Carolyn Gallaher's (2003) examination of the US Patriot Movement is discussed, emphasizing her strategies for improving leftist political mobilizations of disaffected people. Praise is given for Gallaher's capacity to demonstrate how poor urban Anglo Americans were mobilized into a nationalist & xenophobic movement yet illustrating the incapacity of the Patriot Movement to truly address these estranged Americans' economic & political problems. Moreover, Gallaher is congratulated for negotiating the conventional tension between poststructural identity theory & Marxist class analysis in asserting the possibility of forming superior approaches to redressing the Patriot Movement's complaints. However, Gallaher's suggestion that a class- or race-based definition of the nation is sufficient to underlie a progressive political movement is challenged; indeed, it is concluded that a progressive movement must consider a wide variety of social processes & mechanisms, not just particular identities & discourses. 4 References. J. W. Parker

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