Irony of a revolution: how grassroots organizations reinforced power structures they fought to resist

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dc.contributor.author Lynn, Tamara J.
dc.date.accessioned 2014-04-22T14:52:09Z
dc.date.available 2014-04-22T14:52:09Z
dc.date.issued 2014-04-22
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/17377
dc.description.abstract This study is about two grassroots political organizations that formed prior to the 2012 presidential election in the United States, each concerned with the nation's economy, corporate favoritism, government involvement, and growing income inequality. The study outlines an historical account of a culture of control, and then analyzes actions of two contemporary protest organizations – The Tea Party, known as politically conservative; and Occupy Wall Street (OWS), characterized as liberal – as the national election unfolded. Each group sought to change the political landscape and influence the outcome of the presidential election, but with competing messages and very different approaches. Seeking change from the inside, The Tea Party emphasized limited government regulation of the market economy. OWS intended to crumble the system by outside resistance and demanded government attention to economic inequality. Field research and content analysis provide insight into behaviors, beliefs, and actions of each group, which, in turn, identify efforts to resist the status quo. Content analysis of print news provides evidence of state responses toward each group, while also offering insight into media framing and public influence. Finally, a survey of official responses from host communities reveals specific efforts to control protest organizations, ranging from acts of diplomacy to violent opposition. Findings demonstrate how roles of the Tea Party and OWS are not always in conflict, such as media often portray; for example, both groups contested corporate control. The Tea Party met token success, but stopped short of influencing top echelons. OWS brought attention to system inequities, but failed to maintain significant pressure; instead, participants were criminalized for acts of protest. Ironically, in the end, both groups' efforts reinforced the culture of control they sought to resist. Theoretically, a cultural criminology framework, integrating symbolic interaction and social control, demonstrates how structural constraints oppose grassroots political efforts. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Cultural criminology en_US
dc.subject Grassroots Political Organizations en_US
dc.subject Tea Party en_US
dc.subject Occupy Wall Street en_US
dc.subject Social control en_US
dc.subject Ideology en_US
dc.title Irony of a revolution: how grassroots organizations reinforced power structures they fought to resist en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.description.degree Doctor of Philosophy en_US
dc.description.level Doctoral en_US
dc.description.department Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work en_US
dc.description.advisor L. Susan Williams en_US
dc.subject.umi Criminology (0627) en_US
dc.subject.umi Sociology (0626) en_US
dc.date.published 2014 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth May en_US


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