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The Performance of Politics: Obama's Victory and the Democratic Struggle for Power

Jeffrey C. Alexander


Contemporary observers of politics in America often reduce democracy to demography. Whatever portion of the vote not explained by the class, gender, race, and religious differences of voters is attributed to the candidates' positions on the issues of the day. But are these the only—or even the main—factors that determine the vote? This book develops a new way of looking at democratic struggles for power, explaining what happened, and why, during the 2008 presidential campaign in the United States. Drawing on vivid examples taken from a range of media coverage, participant observation at a Camp ... More

Keywords: the vote, democratic struggles, 2008 presidential campaign, Camp Obama, images, emotion, performance, ground game, hero, anti-hero

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199744466
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199744466.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey C. Alexander, author
Yale University