Constructing the Political Spectacle

ISBN-10: 0226183998
ISBN-13: 9780226183992
Edition: 1988
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $23.00
Copyright year: 1988
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 3/15/1988
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

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.

Acknowledgments
Some Premises about Politics
The Construction and Uses of Social Problems
The Construction and Uses of Political Leaders
The Construction and Uses of Political Enemies
The Ambiguities of Political News
Political Language and Political Reality
The Political Spectacle as Tactic and as Mystification
Index

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