Harvey, Lisa St. Clair
The Cultural Roots of Political Communication
Year of Publication: 1994
New York, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt/M., Paris, Wien, 1994. X, 116 pp.
ISBN 978-0-8204-2339-5 hardback (Hardcover)
Weight: 0.350 kg, 0.772 lbs
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Although political communication and public opinion research have established the importance of emotion in determining voter behavior, little attention has been paid to the cultural understructure of the media environment within which both public life and political emotion take place. Using an innovative combination of historical, critical, and anthropological techniques, this book explores that important intellectual terrain. It focuses on two complementary case studies - the 1988 presidential election and the Bush Administration's self-described «War on Drugs» - to probe the mythic underpinnings of American political vision, suggesting that in the age of television, presidential elections are important primarily as public rituals.
About the author(s)/editor(s)
The Author: Lisa St. Clair Harvey (Karric Harvey) is an assistant professor of Communications in the George Washington University's National Center for Communication Studies, Radio/Television Program. She holds a B.A. from McGill University, an M.P.S. from Cornell University, and the Ph.D. from the University of Washington. In addition to her scholarly writing on public policy, culture, and communication technology, Dr. Harvey is engaged in exploring new research methodologies appropriate for use in the media environment of the 21st century, including techniques for developing a cultural ecology of media.
American University Studies: Series 15, Communications. Vol. 4