Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross: Adorno and Christian Right Radio by Paul Apostolidis (Duke University Press, 2000)

Why has American society at the dawn of the 20th century furnished such fertile ground for the growth of Christian Right popular culture? This book shows how evangelical conservative radio reflects and contests major contradictions of the current political economy involving the restructuring of the welfare state, the financing of the electoral system, and the backlash against women and minorities. Reinvigorating the intellectual tradition of the Frankfurt School, Stations of the Cross also shows how the thought of Theodor W. Adorno can illuminate the political and social dynamics of contemporary American culture. Stations of the Cross introduces readers to pivotal texts by Adorno on the American Christian Right that have received little previous attention from scholars. The book also provides the first sustained scholarly analysis of James Dobson's Focus on the Family, one of the most powerful national organizations of the Christian Right in recent years.