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Public Characters: The Politics of Reputation and Blame

James M. Jasper, Michael P. Young, and Elke Zuern


Admirable heroes, threatening villains, innocent victims, and ridiculous minions have long been central to politics and related strategic arenas. These public characters populate the dramas through which people understand those around them, and they are important because of the emotions felt toward them. Public Characters shows the work that goes into these reputations, through words, images, and sounds. Whether it is Garibaldi’s role in Italian nation-building or Donald Trump’s vicious epithets for opponents, this book takes an interdisciplinary look at this important aspect of culture and po ... More

Keywords: public characters, reputation, character work, heroes, victims, villains, minions, clowns, rhetoric, communication

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190050047
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190050047.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James M. Jasper, author
Professor of Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center

Michael P. Young, author
Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Texas at Austin

Elke Zuern, author
Professor of Politics, Sarah Lawrence College

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