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.
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About the Author
Dick Pels is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Human Sciences at Brunel University, West London, and a Senior Research Affiliate of the Amsterdam School of Social Science Research.
He is the author of Property and Power in Social Theory. A Study in Intellectual Rivalry(Routledge, 1998), The Intellectual as Stranger. Studies in Spokespersonship (Routledge, 2000) and Unhastening Science. Autonomy and Reflexivity in the Social Theory of Knowledge (forthcoming Liverpool University Press, 2002). He has edited books on Bourdieu, basic income, and political style, and has widely published in international journals on social and political theory, the sociology of knowledge and intellectuals, and intellectual history.
His current research interests are in theories of performativity and performance, the social status of 'things', intellectuals and media, and the role of celebrity culture.
Table of Contents
Introduction - John Corner and Dick Pels The Re-Styling of PoliticsDemocracy's Inner Voice - Frank Ankersmit Political Style as Unintended Consequence of Political ActionAesthetic Representation and Political Style - Dick Pels Re-Balancing Identity and Difference in Media DemocracyMediated Persona and Political Culture - John CornerThe Celebrity Politician - John Street Political Style and Popular Culture'After Dallas and Dynasty We Have… Democracy' - Liesbet van Zoonen Articulating Soap, Politics and GenderCitizen Consumers - Margaret Scammell Towards a New Marketing of Politics?Lifestyle Politics and Citizen-Consumers - W Lance Bennett Identity, Communication and Political Action in Late Modern SocietyReconfiguring Civic Culture in the New Media Milieu - Peter DahlgrenPopular Culture and Mediated Politics - Jon Simons Intellectuals, Elites and DemocracyMarked Bodies - Bronislaw Szerszynski Environmental Activism and Political Semiotics