The Talk of the Party: Political Labels, Symbolic Capital, and American Life (Communication, Media, and Politics)
- Publish Date: 2005-07-07
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Sharon E. Jarvis
How did liberal become a dirty word in American politics? How did compassionate conservative become a viable campaign theme? When did the independent voter become the most sought-after prize in modern campaigns? And why haven't third-party candidates enjoyed similar acclaim? The Talk of the Party listens to how the language of partisanshipincluding words like Democrat, Republican, party, liberal, conservative, and independenthas been used over the past fifty years and how it has created or limited political opportunities. Listening to the talk of the party can teach valuable lessons about campaigns, opportunities for public life, and the future of these American institutions.