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The first part of the book focuses on the construction of political messages in the media and considers the roles played by the press, the president, political consultants, and campaign staffs. In the second part of the book, the authors look at individuals and how they construct political meanings from available messages.
Contributors to the volume include Dean E. Alger, W. Lance Bennett, Timothy E. Cook, Ann Crigler, Michael X. Delli Carpini, Robert M. Entman, William A. Gamson, Doris A. Graber, August E. Grant, Roderick Hart, Marion Just, John Llewellyn, W. Russell Neuman, Richard M. Perloff, Deborah Smith-Howell, and Bruce A. Williams.
". . . a laudable effort to examine political communication processes within a constructionist framework. . . . Here we have a picture of audiences who hold contradictory opinions, change their minds, get influenced by friends and colleages, draw images from the media but revise these constructions according to their own experiences and accumulated popular wisdom and select representatives as much because they've projected images of being 'nice guys' as because there are specific issues that motivate their choices. The book opens a number of doors to a better understanding of this process. . . ." --International Journal of Public Opinion Research
Ann Crigler is Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Southern California.
|Introduction: Making Sense of Politics; Constructing Political Messages and Meanings||1|
|Ch. 1||The Negotiation of Newsworthiness||11|
|Ch. 2||News, Psychology, and Presidential Politics||37|
|Ch. 3||Constructing Campaign Messages and Public Understanding: The 1990 Wellstone-Boschwitz Senate Race in Minnesota||65|
|Ch. 4||The Psychology of Mass-Mediated Publics||89|
|Ch. 5||Media Discourse as a Framing Resource||111|
|Ch. 6||Cognitive and Affective Dimensions of Political Conceptualization||133|
|Ch. 7||Constructing Public Opinion: The Uses of Fictional and Nonfictional Television in Conversations about the Environment||149|
|Ch. 8||Perceptions and Conceptions of Political Media Impact: The Third-Person Effect and Beyond||177|
|Ch. 9||Media Dependency and Multiple Media Sources||199|
|Ch. 10||Whither Research on the Psychology of Political Communication?||211|