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The Securitarian Personality

What Really Motivates Trump's Base and Why It Matters for the Post-Trump Era

John R. Hibbing

The Securitarian Personality

The Securitarian Personality

What Really Motivates Trump's Base and Why It Matters for the Post-Trump Era

The Securitarian Personality

 

In The Securitarian Personality, John R. Hibbing draws a detailed portrait of the psychological makeup of Donald Trump's most ardent supporters. They are motivated not by fear and not by a desire for authority and conformity, but rather by a desire to keep themselves, their families, and their country's core cultural group secure and safe from outsiders-defined broadly as anyone not contributing to the strength of societal insiders.


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Beschrijving The Securitarian Personality

The Authoritarian Personality, which was published by Theordor Adorno and a set of colleagues in the 1950s, was the first broad-based empirical attempt to explain why certain individuals are attracted to the authoritarian, even fascist, leaders that dominated the political scene in the 1930s and 1940s. Today, the concept has been applied to leaders ranging from Trump to Viktor Orban to Rodrigo Duterte. But is it really accurate to label Trump supporters as
authoritarians?

In The Securitarian Personality, John R. Hibbing argues that an intense desire for authority is not central to those constituting Trump's base. Drawing from participant observation, focus groups, and especially an original, nationwide survey of the American public that included over 1,000 ardent Trump supporters, Hibbing demonstrates that what Trump's base really craves is actually a specific form of security. Trump supporters do not strive for security in the face of all threats, such
as climate change, Covid-19, and economic inequality, but rather only from those threats they perceive to be emanating from human outsiders, defined broadly to include welfare cheats, unpatriotic athletes, norm violators, non-English speakers, religious and racial minorities, and certainly people from other
countries. The central objective of these "securitarians" is to strive for protection for themselves, their families, and their dominant cultural group from these embodied outsider threats.

A radical reinterpretation of the support for Trumpism, The Securitarian Personality not only provides insight into a political movement that many find baffling and frustrating, but offers a compelling thesis that all observers of American political behavior will have to contend with, even if they disagree with it.


ISBN
9780190096489
Pagina's
240
Verschenen
NUR
730
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP USA

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