The Politics of Style and the Style of Politics

The Politics of Style and the Style of Politics

by Barry Brummett
     
 

Understanding style as the intersection of communication, culture, commodification, and aesthetics, The Politics of Style and the Style of Politics focuses on the numerous connections between style and politics. In the first section of the book, the contributors reflect on style in the rhetoric of politics. In today's political arena, commentaries on the styles of

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Understanding style as the intersection of communication, culture, commodification, and aesthetics, The Politics of Style and the Style of Politics focuses on the numerous connections between style and politics. In the first section of the book, the contributors reflect on style in the rhetoric of politics. In today's political arena, commentaries on the styles of political candidates seem to outpace serious discussions of policy and credentials: For example, politicians and commentators alike parse Barack Obama's ability to manipulate stylistic dimensions of race, class, and national origin. Elsewhere, many critics debate about whether a "feminine style" can ever carry a national election. The book's second section focuses on style in the politics of culture. These chapters consider politics in the sense of everyday struggles over power, as exemplified in situations such as France's political battles regarding whether Islamic women may wear head coverings. Overall, The Politics of Style and the Style of Politics makes a powerful argument for the strong connection between style and politics in all of its forms.

Editorial Reviews

Kendall R. Phillips
This collection demonstrates not only the pervasive influence of style within rhetoric and politics but also the kinds of insights that are generated when we attend to it. The essays collected here represent a wide spectrum of rhetorical inquiries and provide a valuable breadth in both topic and approach. Engaging topics as varied as Madeleine Albright's use of jewelry, the relationship between fine wines and rhetorical theory, and the films of Rob Zombie, these essays demonstrate the kinds of artifacts that can be understood through a conception of style. Students of rhetoric, of politics and of culture will benefit greatly from the critical work accomplished in this volume.
Greg Dickinson
The Politics of Style and the Style of Politics engages in vigorous analysis of style in politics and the politics of style in everyday practices. The volume’s contributors take up the important link between style and rhetoric present from the earliest understandings of rhetoric to recent work by scholars like Robert Harriman and Stewart Ewan. Carefully organized, well conceptualized, and intriguingly written, this book is sure to influence our thinking and writing about style’s rhetorical consequentiality.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739165287
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
06/16/2011
Series:
Lexington Studies in Political Communication Series
Pages:
322
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Barry Brummett is the Charles Sapp Centennial Professor in Communication and Department Chair at University of Texas-Austin.

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