Talking about Politics: Informal Groups and Social Identity in American Life / Edition 1 by Katherine Cramer Walsh, Katherine Cramer Walsh | | 9780226872209 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Talking about Politics: Informal Groups and Social Identity in American Life / Edition 1

Talking about Politics: Informal Groups and Social Identity in American Life / Edition 1

by Katherine Cramer Walsh, Katherine Cramer Walsh
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226872203

ISBN-13: 9780226872209

Pub. Date: 12/01/2003

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Whether at parties, around the dinner table, or at the office, people talk about politics all the time. Yet while such conversations are a common part of everyday life, political scientists know very little about how they actually work. In Talking about Politics, Katherine Cramer Walsh provides an innovative, intimate study of how ordinary people use

Overview

Whether at parties, around the dinner table, or at the office, people talk about politics all the time. Yet while such conversations are a common part of everyday life, political scientists know very little about how they actually work. In Talking about Politics, Katherine Cramer Walsh provides an innovative, intimate study of how ordinary people use informal group discussions to make sense of politics.

Walsh examines how people rely on social identities—their ideas of who "we" are—to come to terms with current events. In Talking about Politics, she shows how political conversation, friendship, and identity evolve together, creating stronger communities and stronger social ties. Political scientists, sociologists, and anyone interested in how politics really works need to read this book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226872209
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
12/01/2003
Series:
Studies in Communication, Media, and Public Opinion Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of Tables and Figures
List of Appendixes
1. Introduction: The Public's Part of Public Discussion
2. The Role of Identity-based Perspectives in Making Sense of Politics
3. The Social Practice of Informal Political Talk
4. Clarifying Social Identity through Group Interaction
5. Talking Politics in a Context of Understanding
6. Public Discussion of the Daily News
7. The Data Are Not Given: Perspectives, Political Trust, and the 2000 Election
8. Social Interaction, Political Divides
Appendixes
Bibliography
Index

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