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Populist Discourse in Venezuela and the United States

American Unexceptionalism and Political Identity Formation

Authors: Savage, Ritchie

  • Investigates how populist discourse is structured in order to appeal to the people and foster multiclass coalitions
  • Reveals an essential, universal form to populist discourse, as evidence by its presence in two politically, economically, and ideologically unique nations
  • Bridges linguistics and discourse analysis, political communication, and political and historical sociology to address key questions in political discourse
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About this book

Using the conceptual framework of populism as discourse, Ritchie Savage provides a comparative analysis of U.S. and Latin American speeches and articles covering Betancourt’s Acción Democrática, Chávez, McCarthyism, and the Tea Party. In so doing, he reveals an essential structure to populist discourse: reference to the "opposition" as a representation of the persistence of social conflict, posed against a collective memory of the origins of democracy and struggle for equality, is present in all cases. This discursive formation of populism is carried out in comparisons of political discourse in the United States and Venezuela, two countries that are typically classified as empirically specific in their economic and political development and ideological orientation. Populist Discourse in Venezuela and the United States explores how instances of populism, once exceptional phenomena within modern forms of political rule, are becoming increasingly integrated with the structure of democratic politics. 

About the authors

Ritchie Savage is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Sociology at Baruch College (CUNY), John Jay College (CUNY), and Pratt Institute in New York City, USA. He researches populism and political discourse and specializes in social and political theory, language, culture, movements, and psychoanalysis.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Savage, Ritchie

    Pages 1-13

  • The Negative Proof of the Discursive Model: Populism as a Conceptual and Empirical Problem

    Savage, Ritchie

    Pages 15-38

  • From Betancourt to Chávez: Interpreting Venezuelan Populism in Two Revolutionary Governments

    Savage, Ritchie

    Pages 39-70

  • Anti-Leftist Populism in McCarthyism and the Tea Party

    Savage, Ritchie

    Pages 71-103

  • Comparing Populism in Venezuela and the United States

    Savage, Ritchie

    Pages 105-120

Buy this book

eBook $39.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-72664-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $54.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-72663-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Populist Discourse in Venezuela and the United States
Book Subtitle
American Unexceptionalism and Political Identity Formation
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-72664-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-72664-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-72663-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 152
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