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Constructing the Political Spectacle

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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 doin ...more
Paperback, 142 pages
Published March 15th 1988 by University Of Chicago Press (first published March 1st 1988)
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Feb 11, 2009 Amy rated it liked it
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I read this in grad school and just re-read it along with my own grad students for our seminar in political communication. Edelman talks about the social construction of leaders, problems, and enemies in making the political spectacle. It's a good theoretical framework for analyzing political rhetoric.
Oct 17, 2014 Robyn rated it liked it
Interesting subject, hard read
Jan 05, 2012 Danielle rated it really liked it
This is Edelman's classic post-structural analysis of American politics. The last two chapters are especially useful for scholars who want to analyze what he calls the "political spectacle."
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Oct 16, 2007 Ben O'loughlin rated it liked it
A decent undergraduate level constructionist account of politics. Written with a focus on US politics but much resonates further afield.
May 17, 2013 Danielle rated it really liked it
Fantastic book but a tough read.
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