Media and the Restyling of Politics

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September 2003



Within media research and cultural studies, the mediation of politicians and the play-off between versions of high and low politics are attracting increasing interest.
Media and the Restyling of Politics brings together the work of leading academics in media and cultural studies to pursue an agenda of research, analysis and debate about the changing nature of political culture and its mediation. The contributors question the ways in which emerging forms of political style relate not only to new conventions of celebrity and publicity but to ideas about representation, citizenship and the democratic process. Topics covered include: celebrity politicians, the marketing of politics, identity and popular culture.


Introduction - John Corner and Dick Pels
The Re-Styling of Politics
Democracy's Inner Voice - Frank Ankersmit
Political Style as Unintended Consequence of Political Action
Aesthetic Representation and Political Style - Dick Pels
Re-Balancing Identity and Difference in Media Democracy
Mediated Persona and Political Culture - John Corner
The Celebrity Politician - John Street
Political Style and Popular Culture
`After Dallas and Dynasty We Have... Democracy' - Liesbet van Zoonen
Articulating Soap, Politics and Gender
Citizen Consumers - Margaret Scammell
Towards a New Marketing of Politics?
Lifestyle Politics and Citizen-Consumers - W Lance Bennett
Identity, Communication and Political Action in Late Modern Society
Reconfiguring Civic Culture in the New Media Milieu - Peter Dahlgren
Popular Culture and Mediated Politics - Jon Simons
Intellectuals, Elites and Democracy
Marked Bodies - Bronislaw Szerszynski
Environmental Activism and Political Semiotics


Dick Pels is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Human Sciences at Brunel University, West London, and a Senior Research Affiliate of the Amsterdam School of Social Science Research. He is the author of Property and Power in Social Theory. A Study in Intellectual Rivalry(Routledge, 1998), The Intellectual as Stranger. Studies in Spokespersonship (Routledge, 2000) and Unhastening Science. Autonomy and Reflexivity in the Social Theory of Knowledge (forthcoming Liverpool University Press, 2002). He has edited books on Bourdieu, basic income, and political style, and has widely published in international journals on social and political theory, the sociology of knowledge and intellectuals, and intellectual history. His current research interests are in theories of performativity and performance, the social status of 'things', intellectuals and media, and the role of celebrity culture.


"The authors deal with a number of important concepts- e.g., aesthetic politics, celebrity politician, cool politics, the president as 'entertainer-in-chief,' 'the supermarket state,' permanent campaigns, and political brands- and discuss their implementation and far-reaching sociocultural implications... this work deserves to be widely read, especially during election seasons. Highly recommend."
EAN: 9780761949213
ISBN: 0761949216
Untertitel: Consumerism, Celebrity and Cynicism. 49:B&W 6. 14 x 9. 21 in or 234 x 156 mm (Royal 8vo) Perfect Bound on White w/Gloss Lam. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Sage Publications UK
Erscheinungsdatum: September 2003
Seitenanzahl: 220 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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