Political Language - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780122306624, 9781483269801

Political Language

1st Edition

Words That Succeed and Policies That Fail

Authors: Murray Edelman
eBook ISBN: 9781483269801
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th October 1977
Page Count: 188
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Political Language: Words That Succeed and Policies That Fail deals with chronic inequalities of a smaller portion of the population getting more. The book discusses the persistence of poverty and greater inequalities in a democratic society such as the United States. The text reviews the chronic problems and the various beliefs found in American society, and also notes the general acceptance of the large differences in the quality of life of the people, which includes political power and autonomy. The book then defines perception of the political spectator and explains the linguistic generation of assumptions (taking for granted), linguistic reconstruction of facts (cover-ups), and the linguistic segmentation of politics (distinct from ordinary world). The text then emphasizes the language of inquiry, of authority, of participation, and of resistance as leading to free inquiry and experimentation or political loyalty. The selection can prove beneficial for political students, economists, educators, sociologists, and members of ministerial affairs related to population and economics.

Table of Contents

Foreword Acknowledgments Introduction 1 Chronic Problems, Banal Language, and Contradictory Beliefs The Acceptance of Inequality Banality and Anxiety Social Adjustment through Contradictory Beliefs Symbolic Evocation and Political Reality Multiple Realities as Threats The Focus on Official Language Rhetorical Evocations The Authority, Language, and Ideology of the Helping Professions 2 Categorization, Perception, and Politics The Linguistic Structuring of Social Problems The Evocation of Mythical Populations as Reference Groups The Categorization of Enemies The Linguistic Generation of Assumptions The Linguistic Reconstruction of Facts The Linguistic Segmentation of the Political World Created Worlds 3 National Crises and "Public Opinion" as Political Symbols The Political Uses of National Crises The Labeling of Crises Public Opinion 4 The Political Language of the Helping Professions Therapy and Power The Formal Component in Professional Language Professional Imperialism "Helping" as a Political Symbol 5 The Language of Bureaucracy The Political Setting of Bureaucracy Administrative Ineffectiveness: Clear and Problematic The Constriction of Administrative Staff Jurisdiction as a Déterrant to Effectiveness The Multiple Veto and Organizational Conservatism "Groupthink" Selective Feedback Bureaucratic Language as Incantation Conclusion 6 The Language of Inquiry and the Language of Authority Formal Language Public Language The Empirical Combination of Formal and Public Languages Roles as Distinct from Human Beings Language Forms as Symbols 7 The Language of Participation and the Language of Resistance Public and Private Issues Politicization as Co-optation Influence versus Formality The Uses of Disorder The Structuri


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