This presentation will provide a brief overview of some of the white power and anti-government cultures present in the North Country, including how they relate to broader trends toward authoritarian and anti-democratic tendencies among the American far right wing.
Participants will be able to identify and explain significant white power and anti-government cultural iconography present in the North Country region of New York State.
White power movement, anti-government ideologies, militia movements, ecofascism, cultural anthropology, American political culture
Anyone involved in public education should attend to learn about the broader contexts within which they function. These trends threaten the very idea of achieving a pluralistic and multicultural democracy.
About the presenter:
Dr. Joseph A. Henderson is a lecturer in the Department of Environment and Society at Paul Smith’s College, where he teaches courses in the environmental social sciences. He is trained as an anthropologist of environmental and science education, and his research investigates how sociocultural, political, and geographic factors influence how humans think about energy and climate systems. He completed a PhD at the University of Rochester, where he conducted ethnographic analyses of science learning, sustainability education, and educational policy. His postdoctoral work at the University of Delaware examined the emerging field of climate change education. He is the co-editor of Teaching Climate Change in the United States (Routledge, 2020), and is on editorial boards at the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences and the Adirondack Journal of Environmental Studies. He is currently working with Paul Smith’s students on a research project that investigates how environmental education contributes to the growing threat of ecofascism.