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Thanks to the ready availability of political news today, informed citizens can protect and promote their own interests and the public interest more effectively. Or can they? Murray Edelman argues against this conventional interpretation of politics, one that takes for granted that we live in a world of facts and that people react rationally to the facts they know. In doing so, he explores in detail the ways in which the conspicuous aspects of the political scene are interpretations that systematically buttress established inequalities and interpretations already dominant political ideologies.

About the Author

Murray Edelman is the George Herbert Mead Professor of Political Science emeritus at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is the author of several books, including Political Language (1977) and The Symbolic Uses of Politics (1964).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1. Some Premises about Politics

2. The Construction and Uses of Social Problems

3. The Construction and Uses of Political Leaders

4. The Construction and Uses of Political Enemies

5. The Ambiguities of Political News

6. Political Language and Political Reality

7. The Political Spectacle as Tactic and as Mystification

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226183992
Author:
Edelman, Murray J.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Author:
Edelman, Murray
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Political
Subject:
History & Theory
Subject:
United states
Subject:
History, theory and practice
Subject:
Social conditions
Subject:
Political psychology
Subject:
Sociolinguistics
Subject:
United States Social conditions 1980-
Subject:
Symbolism in politics.
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
99-509
Publication Date:
19880331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
142
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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