The Resource The performance of politics : Obama's victory and the democratic struggle for power, Jeffrey C. Alexander

The performance of politics : Obama's victory and the democratic struggle for power, Jeffrey C. Alexander

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The performance of politics : Obama's victory and the democratic struggle for power
Title
The performance of politics
Title remainder
Obama's victory and the democratic struggle for power
Statement of responsibility
Jeffrey C. Alexander
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Language
eng
Summary
Observers of politics in America often reduce democracy to demography. Whatever portion of the vote not explained by the class, gender, race, and religion of voters is attributed to the candidates' positions. But are these really the only--or even the main--factors? Sociologist Jeffrey Alexander explains what happened, and why, during the 2008 presidential campaign. Drawing on examples taken from a range of media coverage, participant observation, and interviews with leading political journalists, Alexander argues that images, emotion, and performance are the central features of the battle for power. Largely overlooked by pundits, these features are, in fact, the primary foci of politicians and their staff. Obama and McCain painstakingly constructed and projected heroic self-images for their campaigns. Though an untested senator and the underdog in his own party, Obama succeeded in casting himself as the hero--and McCain the anti-hero--and the only candidate fit to lead in challenging times.--From publisher description
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committed to retain for EAST
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DLC
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1947-
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Alexander, Jeffrey C.
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E906
LC item number
.A44 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Obama, Barack
  • Presidents
  • Performance art
  • United States
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The performance of politics : Obama's victory and the democratic struggle for power, Jeffrey C. Alexander
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Power, performance, and representation -- Civil sphere and public drama -- Becoming a collective representation -- Spirit of the ground game -- Heroes, binaries, and boundaries -- Imagining heroes -- Working the binaries -- Walking the boundaries -- Victory and defeat -- Celebrity metaphor -- Palin effect -- Financial crisis
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xiv, 364 p.
Isbn
9780199744466
Isbn Type
(hardback : alk. paper)
Lccn
20100079 28
Other physical details
ill.
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  • (OCoLC)574923942
  • (OCoLC)574923942
Label
The performance of politics : Obama's victory and the democratic struggle for power, Jeffrey C. Alexander
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Power, performance, and representation -- Civil sphere and public drama -- Becoming a collective representation -- Spirit of the ground game -- Heroes, binaries, and boundaries -- Imagining heroes -- Working the binaries -- Walking the boundaries -- Victory and defeat -- Celebrity metaphor -- Palin effect -- Financial crisis
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xiv, 364 p.
Isbn
9780199744466
Isbn Type
(hardback : alk. paper)
Lccn
20100079 28
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)574923942
  • (OCoLC)574923942

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