Political Keywords: Using Language that Uses Us

Hardcover | September 21, 2004

byRoderick P. Hart, Sharon E. Jarvis, William P. Jennings

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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 UsesUs 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'schildren 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 textfor 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.

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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 UsesUs looks at eight dominant words that are cr...

Roderick P. Hart is at University of Texas at Austin. Sharon E. Jarvis is at University of Texas at Austin.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 0.91 inPublished:September 21, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195162390

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List of FiguresList of TablesUNIT 1. THE LANGUAGE OF POLITICS1. The Possibilities of Language2. Whither Politics? An Evolving Construct3. What is Politics? An Inventory of MeaningsUNIT 2. THE LANGUAGE OF DEMOCRACY4. The Government: A Troubling Ally5. The Media: Powerful Despite Themselves6. The People: Constructing an ElectorateUNIT 3. THE LANGUAGE OF LEADERSHIP7. The President: Lessons in Political Socialization8. The President: How Institutions Preserve Themselves9. The President: Managing Democratic TensionsUNIT 4. THE LANGUAGE OF CAMPAIGNING10. The Party: An Irrepressible Institution11. The Promise: Imagining the Future Together12. The Consultant: A Synecdoche for All of PoliticsConclusion: Language in RetrospectIndex