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Political Keywords: Using Language That Uses Us

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The Declaration of Independence states that all men are created equal in the United States, but that statement does not hold true for words. Some words carry more weight than others--they seem to work harder, get more done, and demand more respect. Political Keywords: Using Language that Uses Us looks at eight dominant words that are crucial to American political discourse, and how they have been employed during the last fifty years.

Based on an analysis of eleven separate studies of political language, Political Keywords helps readers to understand what these terms mean and how they are used. For example, the book tracks what politics now means to modern commentators, how schoolteacher impress certain values upon the nation's children by invoking the office of the president, and why an innocent word like government sometimes makes people so upset. It details how the people are referenced in political talk and how the media portray themselves. The book also considers the work done by political parties, political promises, and political consultants because, together, they shed special light on modern elections. Combining social science with subtle forms of cultural interpretation, Political Keywords: Using Language that Uses Us provides a fresh look at both American politics and American language. It is an ideal text for undergraduate and graduate courses in political communication, political language, political campaigns, media and politics, political psychology, public opinion, rhetorical criticism, contemporary public address, and presidential rhetoric.

Table of Contents

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UNIT 1. THE LANGUAGE OF POLITICS

1. The Possibilities of Language

2. Whither Politics? An Evolving Construct

3. What is Politics? An Inventory of Meanings

UNIT 2. THE LANGUAGE OF DEMOCRACY

4. The Government: A Troubling Ally

5. The Media: Powerful Despite Themselves

6. The People: Constructing an Electorate

UNIT 3. THE LANGUAGE OF LEADERSHIP

7. The President: Lessons in Political Socialization

8. The President: How Institutions Preserve Themselves

9. The President: Managing Democratic Tensions

UNIT 4. THE LANGUAGE OF CAMPAIGNING

10. The Party: An Irrepressible Institution

11. The Promise: Imagining the Future Together

12. The Consultant: A Synecdoche for All of Politics

Conclusion: Language in Retrospect

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780195162394
Author:
Hart, Roderick
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Sharon E.
Author:
Hart, Roderick P.
Author:
null, William P.
Author:
Jarvis, Sharon E.
Author:
null, Roderick P.
Author:
Jennings, William P.
Author:
null, Deborah
Author:
Deborah Smith-Howell
Location:
New York
Subject:
Public Speaking
Subject:
Communication
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Rhetoric
Subject:
Sociolinguistics
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
Media Studies
Subject:
Politics | American Politics | Political Communication
Subject:
Politics | American Politics | Political Communication and Media Studies
Subject:
United States Politics and government.
Subject:
Rhetoric -- Political aspects -- United States.
Subject:
Communication Studies
Subject:
Politics | American Politics | Political Communication & Media Studies
Subject:
Intercultural Communications-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
bonded leather burgundy, zipper closure 9621AZ
Series Volume:
dai 9-shåu
Publication Date:
20040931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
31 illus.
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
9.32x6.10x.53 in. .92 lbs.

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