Studies of the right and radical right have proliferated since the rise of European nationalist and populist parties in the 1980s. Yet, the literature on the right and the radical right has a largely Euro-American bias and has been limited by partisan academics that focus on the left. The Right and Radical Right in the Americas hopes to be a pioneering work that examines the history and contemporary manifestations of the right and radical right throughout the Americas. From interwar Canada to contemporary Chile, the right and radical right have come in diverse ideological currents. Those ideological currents have undergone historical changes and the strategies of the right and radical right need to be contextualized in respect of country and region. The right and radical right also have distinctive meanings throughout the Americas and in different epochs.
Dr. Tamir Bar-On is professor-researcher in the School of Social Sciences and Government, Tec de Monterrey, Mexico.
Dr. Bàrbara Molas is a postdoctoral researcher in Sociology working with the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society (TSAS).
Chapter 1: A Public Defense of Faith: Catholic Nationalism in Media during the Mexican Revolution by Nancy AGUIRRE
Chapter 2: Corporatism and Authoritarianism in Latin America: The First Wave by António COSTA PINTO
Chapter 3: White Multiculturalism: An Interwar Radical-Right Approach to Canadian Ethnic Integration by Bàrbara MOLAS
Chapter 4: Conservative Authoritarianism Against Populism: Argentina's Dirty War by Alberto SPEKTOROWSKI
Chapter 5: The Canadian Red Tory Tradition: Janus by Ron DART
Chapter 6: Chile’s Radical and Extreme Right: Two Groups at the Fringe of Politics by Gilberto Cristian ARANDA BUSTAMENTE.
Chapter 7: American Paleoconservatism and Neoliberalism: Alliances, Tensions and the Question of Donald Trump by Ray KIELY
Chapter 8: The Metapolitics of the Alt-Right: A ‘Cultural War’ for the United States, European Identity, and the ‘White Race’ by Tamir BAR-ON
Chapter 9: Traditionalism in the American Right by Benjamin R. TEITELBAUM
About the Contributors
Latin America has for decades resembled a vast terra incognita in Anglophone surveys of the radical and fascist right in the Europeanized world, most of which have remained overwhelmingly Euro- and US-centric. The Right and Radical Right in the Americas, written by an impressive team of experts on national politics, offers students of comparative politics a welcome basis for more accurate generalizations about ‘the rise of the right’. In doing so it offers a valuable conceptual framework for the distinguishing between conservative, populist and extremist manifestations of resistance to secularization, multiculturalism and the globalized consumer society.
In this collection, contributors examine past and current manifestations of the right and radical right throughout the Americas, seeking to fill a gap in the literature, which is often centered on Europe. Each chapter explores the various manifestations of the right—e.g., Catholic nationalism in Mexico, the wave of authoritarian tendencies in the 1930s, and the 21st-century emergence of the extreme right in Chile—helping to contextualize the underlying motivations of and influences for the emergence of the right and the radical right. Recommended. Advanced undergraduates through faculty; professionals.