Patriots, Politics, and the Oklahoma City Bombing

ISBN-10: 0521694191

ISBN-13: 9780521694193

Edition: 2007

Authors: Stuart A. Wright

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This book explores new ground in social movements by analyzing an escalating spiral of tension between the Patriot movement and the state centered on the mutual framing of conflict as warfare. By examining the social construction of warfare as a principal script or frame defining the movement-state dynamic, Stuart A. Wright explains how this highly charged confluence of a war narrative engendered a kind of symbiosis leading to the escalation of a mutual threat that culminated in the Oklahoma City bombing. Wright offers a unique perspective on the events leading up to the bombing because he served as a consultant to Timothy McVeigh's defense team for eighteen months and draws on primary data based on face-to-face interviews with McVeigh. The book contends that McVeigh was firmly entrenched in the Patriot movement and was part of a network of warrior cells that planned and implemented the bombing.
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List price: $30.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/11/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Stuart A. Wright is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Office of Research at Lamar University.  He is the author or editor of a number of titles including Armageddon in Waco: Critical Perspectives on the Branch Davidian Conflict .

List of Figures and Tables
Preface and Acknowledgments
Codicil to a Patriot Profile
Patriots, Political Process, and Social Movements
The Historical Context of Patriot Insurgency
The Farm Crisis, Threat Attribution, and Patriot Mobilization
State Mobilization: Building a Trajectory of Contention
The Gun Rights Network and Nascent Patriots: Rise of a Threat Spiral
Movement-State Attributions of War: Ruby Ridge and Waco
Patriot Insurgency and the Oklahoma City Bombing
After Oklahoma City: Patriot Demobilization and Decline
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