Becoming Right by Amy J. Binder
(Princeton Studies in Cultural Sociology)

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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.


About Amy J. Binder

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Amy J. Binder is associate 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 a doctoral candidate in the department of sociology at the University of California, San Diego.
Published December 16, 2012 by Princeton University Press. 424 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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The Boston Globe

Binder and Wood claim that the structures and culture of a given campus play an important role in determining whether these young conservatives adopt confrontational tactics (holding “Affirmative Action Bake Sales,’’ where blacks and whites pay different prices, “Empty Holsters weeks’’ to protest...

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London School of Economics

It is argued that Western Flagship’s brand of aggressive and populist conservatism is a product of students’ more general struggle for recognition within a large and impersonal main campus, whereas in contrast Eastern Elite’s traditionalist, more collegial environment fosters a culture of ‘civili...

Apr 26 2013 | Read Full Review of Becoming Right (Princeton Stu...

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