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The performative presidency, crisis and resurrection during the Clinton years, Jason L. Mast

The performative presidency, crisis and resurrection during the Clinton years, Jason L. Mast
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non fiction
Main title
The performative presidency
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Jason L. Mast
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Cambridge cultural social studiesCambridge Social Sciences eBooks
Sub title
crisis and resurrection during the Clinton years
The Performative Presidency brings together literatures describing presidential leadership strategies, public understandings of citizenship, and news production and media technologies between the presidencies of Theodore Roosevelt and Bill Clinton, and details how the relations between these spheres have changed over time. Jason L. Mast demonstrates how interactions between leaders, publics, and media are organized in a theatrical way, and argues that mass mediated plot formation and character development play an increasing role in structuring the political arena. He shows politics as a process of ongoing performances staged by motivated political actors, mediated by critics, and interpreted by audiences, in the context of a deeply rooted, widely shared system of collective representations. The interdisciplinary framework of this book brings together a semiotic theory of culture with concepts from the burgeoning field of performance studies.--, Provided by publisher
Table Of Contents
1. Introduction -- 2. Presidential leadership under the conditions of defusion -- 3. Character formation: the rise of two Bill Clintons, 1992 -- 4. The profanation of a president, 1992-1994: presidential character, the 'climate of suspicion', and the culture of scandal -- 5. The Conservative revolution as purification and its subsequent pollution: the rise and fall of Newt Gingrich, and the fall and rise of Bill Clinton -- 6. Birth of a symbolic inversion: Clinton (re)fuses with the presidential character -- 7. The second term: the Republicans' polluting scandal and Clinton's successful performance -- 8. Conclusion
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