Making sense of political ideology: the power of language in democracy

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 149 pages
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Making Sense of Political Ideology explores the erosion of ties among ideology, language, and political action. Analyzing political language strategies, it shows how to dissect language so we can better understand a speaker's ideology. The authors define four political positionsradical, liberal, conservative, reactionaryand apply their techniques to contemporary issues such as the war on terrorism. They emphasize the dangers of staying trapped in political gridlock with no consensus for governmental direction and propose that the ability to identify and bridge positions can help political communicators toward constructing coalitions and building support for political action.

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Political Ideology and Democracy
Political Positions and American Politics
Rhetorical Strategies and the Four Political Positions

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