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Media and the Restyling of Politics

Media and the Restyling of Politics
Consumerism, Celebrity and Cynicism

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August 2003 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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.

John Corner and Dick Pels
The Re-Styling of Politics

Frank Ankersmit
Democracy's Inner Voice
Political Style as Unintended Consequence of Political Action

Dick Pels
Aesthetic Representation and Political Style
Re-Balancing Identity and Difference in Media Democracy

John Corner
Mediated Persona and Political Culture
John Street
The Celebrity Politician
Political Style and Popular Culture

Liesbet van Zoonen
`After Dallas and Dynasty We Have… Democracy'
Articulating Soap, Politics and Gender

Margaret Scammell
Citizen Consumers
Towards a New Marketing of Politics?

W Lance Bennett
Lifestyle Politics and Citizen-Consumers
Identity, Communication and Political Action in Late Modern Society

Peter Dahlgren
Reconfiguring Civic Culture in the New Media Milieu
Jon Simons
Popular Culture and Mediated Politics
Intellectuals, Elites and Democracy

Bronislaw Szerszynski
Marked Bodies
Environmental Activism and Political Semiotics


"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."

J.A. Lent
Temple University

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