Research in a Minefield: Relating with Tea Party Activists

  • Marion Douzou
Keywords: Americans for Prosperity, Fieldwork, Pennsylvania, Tea Party Activists, Tea Party Patriots


Based on a doctoral research project on Tea Party groups in Pennsylvania, this article deals both with the various pitfalls I had to learn to avoid and the significant impact that being a young, white French woman had on the way activists interacted with me. In addition, I reflect upon the general ramifications of studying a right-wing social movement while not aligning with it politically. The automatic distance—and presumed ensuing objectivity that this viewpoint initially seems to afford—is much more fragile and complicated than apparent at first glance.


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Douzou, M. “Research in a Minefield: Relating With Tea Party Activists”. American Studies Journal, Vol. 68, Dec. 2019, doi:10.18422/68-05.