The Evolution of Political Rhetoric
The Year in C-SPAN Archives Research, Volume 6
Series: Year in C-SPAN Archives Research
284 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in
Volume 6 of The Year in C-SPAN Archives Research series focuses on the rapidly changing rhetoric coloring American politics. An increasingly polarized electorate combined with advances in technology have led to a combative and pitched rhetoric through more and more outlets. Each chapter is interdisciplinary in nature, drawing on communication studies, political science, history, and other fields.
Using the extensive collection of the C-SPAN Video Library, chapters cover the highly visible Thomas and Kavanaugh judicial nomination hearings as well as the ongoing debate around impeachment. Other pieces focus on the rhetoric of the 2008 Wall Street crisis, presidential campaign announcements, White House press conferences, floor time by women in the House of Representatives, the use of Twitter by legislators, and the puzzle of zero population growth. Collectively, they paint a picture of how Congress and the president approach the broad topic of political rhetoric using C-SPAN video as the basis for their research.
The C-SPAN Video Library is unique because there is no other research collection that is based on video research of contemporary politics. Methodologically distinctive, much of the research uses new techniques to analyze video, text, and spoken words of political leaders. No other book examines such a wide range of topics—from immigration to climate change to race relations—using video as the basis for research.
PART 1: A LOOK AT C-SPAN PROGRAMMING WITH ALL ITS “MADISONIAN PASSION", by James A. McCann
CHAPTER 1. More Than Partisans: The Role of Identity in the Justice Kavanaugh Hearings, by Nadia E. Brown, Sarah Gershon, and Lauren Hanson-Figueroa
CHAPTER 2. Competing and Recurring Narratives: Crafting Credibility in the Hill-Thomas and Ford-Kavanaugh Hearings, by Joseph Sery
CHAPTER 3. Partisanship Over Principle: The “Logic” of Congressional Impeachment Inquiries, by Matthew L. Bergbower and Robert Van Sickel
PART 2: PORTRAITS OF POLICY DISCOURSE ON C-SPAN, by Janel Jett
CHAPTER 4. Careless or Criminal? The Social Construction of Wall Street in the Aftermath of the 2008 Financial Crisis, by Justin Rex
CHAPTER 5. Schrödinger’s Podium: The Rhetoric of Presidential Campaign Announcements, by Stephen M. Llano and Alexander J. Carver
CHAPTER 6. He Said, She Said: How Gender Affects the Tone and Substance of White House Press Briefings, by Newly Paul
PART 3: LOOKING FORWARD AND LOOKING BACK AT ANALYSIS OF COMMUNICATION IMPACTS, by Rosalee A. Clawson
CHAPTER 7. Americans for Zero Population Growth: Media, Politics, and Public Understandings of Overpopulation, by Caitlin Fendley
CHAPTER 8. Is There Anybody Out There? C-SPAN, Women, and the Distribution of Desirable Speech Time, by Bryce J. Dietrich and Jielu Yao
CHAPTER 9. For the People Act of 2019: A Framing Analysis of Legislators’ Videos on Twitter, by Katelyn E. Brooks
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS
"The Evolution of Political Rhetoric demonstrates the value of the long view. With more than thirty years of digitally accessible, well-indexed content, the CSPAN Video Library makes these analyses possible. The resulting volume offers rich insights that can only be gained by comparing political phenomena across time, speaker, and controversy." —Colene J. Lind, Associate Professor of Communication, Kansas State University
"This volume is a welcome contribution to the study of political rhetoric in its many forms. The richness of the C-SPAN Archives provides a foundation for this work. But it is the talent of the contributors—a mix of established and emerging voices—that comes through in this useful collection of studies and responses." —Kevin Coe, Professor of Communication, University of Utah