Pitbulls and populist politicians: Sarah Palin, Pauline Hanson and the use of gendered nostalgia in electoral campaigns

Mason, Robert (2010) Pitbulls and populist politicians: Sarah Palin, Pauline Hanson and the use of gendered nostalgia in electoral campaigns. Comparative American Studies, 8 (3). pp. 185-199. ISSN 1477-5700

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Abstract

Sarah Palin and Pauline Hanson were charismatic and populist politicians, whose home states of Alaska and Queensland became central to their political narrative. Both women gained political influence at times of intense debate regarding their respective countries’ national identities. Voters perceived the states to be locales that evoked antiestablishment authenticity, and which echoed the historical dynamism of frontier society. The women used this association to consolidate their call for social renewal that would return politics to sections of the citizenry who felt themselves to be marginalized. The women’s authority was augmented by gendered stereotypes that directed attention to their apparent vulnerability and honesty in attempting public service. Although their messages were calibrated differently, Palin and Hanson both demanded moral and political renewal, and generated intense support through their sexualized rhetoric of economic security and social nostalgia.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Depositing User: Dr Robert Mason
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Humanities and International Studies
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2010 01:47
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:59
Uncontrolled Keywords: United States; America; Australia; gender; nostalgia; political campaigns; populism
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210312 North American History
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160609 Political Theory and Political Philosophy
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950506 Understanding the Past of the Americas
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australia's Past
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1179/147757010X12773889525867
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/8473

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