From status politics to the paranoid style : Richard Hofstadter and the pitfalls of psychologizing history

Journal article


McKenzie-McHarg, Andrew. (2022). From status politics to the paranoid style : Richard Hofstadter and the pitfalls of psychologizing history. Journal of the History of Ideas. 83(3), pp. 451-475. https://doi.org/10.1353/jhi.2022.0022
AuthorsMcKenzie-McHarg, Andrew
Abstract

The decade extending from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s in the career of the American historian Richard Hofstadter (1916–70) was marked by a series of engagements with American right-wing politics. This article seeks to re-evaluate the evolution of Hofstadter's thinking over this decade, in part by drawing upon the recently discovered transcript of a BBC radio lecture that Hofstadter recorded in 1959 and that represents the first occasion on which he developed the notion of a "paranoid style" as a pattern of thought and action recurring through American political history.

Keywordsstatus anxiety; paranoid style; conspiracy theory; social science; McCarthyism; ideal types; psychology
Year2022
JournalJournal of the History of Ideas
Journal citation83 (3), pp. 451-475
PublisherUniversity of Pennsylvania Press
ISSN0022-5037
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1353/jhi.2022.0022
PubMed ID35815515
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85134157424
Page range451-475
Publisher's version
License
All rights reserved
File Access Level
Controlled
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online2022
Publication process dates
Deposited18 May 2023
Permalink -

https://acuresearchbank.acu.edu.au/item/8z08x/from-status-politics-to-the-paranoid-style-richard-hofstadter-and-the-pitfalls-of-psychologizing-history

Restricted files

Publisher's version

  • 36
    total views
  • 0
    total downloads
  • 4
    views this month
  • 0
    downloads this month
These values are for the period from 19th October 2020, when this repository was created.

Export as

Related outputs

Early modern variations on the theme of complicity : How Jesuits came to be linked with regicide
McKenzie-McHarg, Andrew. (2023). Early modern variations on the theme of complicity : How Jesuits came to be linked with regicide. Journal of Jesuit Studies. 10(1), pp. 63-82. https://doi.org/10.1163/22141332-10010006
Jesuits, conspiracies, and conspiracy theories
McKenzie-McHarg, Andrew. (2023). Jesuits, conspiracies, and conspiracy theories. Journal of Jesuit Studies. 10(1), pp. 15-25. https://doi.org/10.1163/22141332-10010003
Conceptual history and conspiracy theory
McKenzie-McHarg, Andrew. (2020). Conceptual history and conspiracy theory. In In M. Butter and P. Knight (Ed.). Routledge Handbook of Conspiracy Theories pp. 16 - 27 Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429452734-1_1
Conspiracy theory and the history of media in the eighteenth century
McKenzie-McHarg, Andrew and Oberhauser, Claus. (2020). Conspiracy theory and the history of media in the eighteenth century. In In M. Butter and P. Knight (Ed.). Routledge Handbook of Conspiracy Theories pp. 401 - 414 Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429452734-4_2
How to sabotage a secret society: The demise of Carl Friedrich Bahrdt’s German Union in 1789
McKenzie-McHarg, Andrew. (2018). How to sabotage a secret society: The demise of Carl Friedrich Bahrdt’s German Union in 1789. Historical Journal. 61(2), pp. 379 - 402. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0018246X17000012
Putting a positive spin on priestcraft. Accommodation and deception in late-Enlightenment German theology
McKenzie-McHarg, Andrew. (2018). Putting a positive spin on priestcraft. Accommodation and deception in late-Enlightenment German theology. Intellectual History Review. 28(1), pp. 201 - 224. https://doi.org/10.1080/17496977.2018.1402448
Priestcraft. Anatomizing the anti-clericalism of early modern Europe
Lancaster, James A. T. and McKenzie-McHarg, Andrew. (2018). Priestcraft. Anatomizing the anti-clericalism of early modern Europe. Intellectual History Review. 28(1), pp. 7 - 22. https://doi.org/10.1080/17496977.2018.1402436
Verschwiegenheit und indiskretion in autobiographien der spätaufklärung
McKenzie-McHarg, Andrew. (2017). Verschwiegenheit und indiskretion in autobiographien der spätaufklärung. In In Naschert, Guido (Ed.). Friedrich Christian Laukhard (1757–1822) : Schriftsteller, Radikalaufklärer und gelehrter Soldat pp. 145-181 Verlag Ferdinand Schoeningh GmbH. https://doi.org/10.30965/9783657779673_009