Making use of fieldwork and 25 open-ended interviews with Tea Party organizers in the state of Illinois, I argue that Tea Party organizers draw from a continuum of knowledge, combining personal knowledge and experience with a conservative corporate media and Tea Party network frame. I draw upon the work of Weber to show how this continuum connects to various types of rational social action. Widening this scope of analysis allows not only for a more complex analysis of how corporate interests are connected to the grass roots movement, but also how the core frames of the movement are located throughout our mainstream political and ideological system.
American Politics | Race and Ethnicity | Sociology
Burke, Meghan, "Beyond Fear and Loathing: Tea Party Organizers' Continuum of Knowledge in a Racialized Social System" (2013). Scholarship. 8.