Religion and induced fear: the stealth manipulation of the American public
The residual effects of the
2004 presidential contest
The race to
2008: the republicans, the democrats, and their nominees
2008: the democratic and Republican national conventions and the prelude to the presidential debates
2008 presidential debates and the presidential election.
In The Podium, the Pulpit, and the Republicans: How Presidential Candidates Use Religious Language in American Political Debate, a veteran minister analyzes the religious metaphors Republicans use at the podium and alleges that the party deliberately employs blaming tactics, fear metaphors, and coded references to apocalyptic judgment to sway undecided voters. Over the past 40 years, Frederick Stecker charges, the Republican Party has created fear for political expediency. Stecker's book traces the development of the Republican rhetoric of polarization and applies the linguistics-based "nation-as-a-family" political typology of George Lakoff to an analysis of the presidential debates of 2000, 2004, and 2008. He demonstrates how Republican candidates select their language and metaphors to signal adherence to rigid belief systems and simple, black-and-white choices in domestic and foreign policy. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Aldershot, Hampshire, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, c2007.
Book — vi, 216 p. ; 24 cm.
The language of politics and the politics of language-- The linguistic background-- 'A wilderness of words': Burke's Reflections-- 'The effusions of the moment': Wollstonecraft's Vindication-- 'What is this metaphor called a crown?': Paine's Rights of Man-- 'The transparent envelop of our thoughts': Godwin's Political Justice-- Conclusion-- Appendix-- Bibliography-- Index.
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The Revolution in France of 1789 provoked a major 'pamphlet war' in Britain as writers debated what exactly had happened, why it had happened, and where events were now headed. Jane Hodson's book explores the relationship among political persuasion, literary style, and linguistic theory in this war of words, focusing on four key texts: Edmund Burke's "Reflections on the Revolution in France", Mary Wollstonecraft's "A Vindication of the Rights of Men", Thomas Paine's "Rights of Man", and William Godwin's "Enquiry Concerning Political Justice". While these texts form the core of Hodson's project, she ranges far beyond them to survey other works by the same authors; more than 50 contemporaneous books on language; and pamphlets, novels, and letters by other writers. The scope of her study permits her to challenge earlier accounts of the relationship between language and politics that lack historical nuance. Rather than seeing the Revolution debate as a straightforward conflict between radical and conservative linguistic practices, Hodson argues that there is no direct correlation between a particular style or linguistic concept and the political affiliation of the writer. Instead, she shows how each writer attempts to mobilize contemporary linguistic ideas to lend their texts greater authority. Her book will appeal to literature scholars and to historians of language and linguistics working in the Enlightenment and Romantic eras. (source: Nielsen Book Data)