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Cultural Sociology

Politics of Meaning/Meaning of Politics

Cultural Sociology of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

Editors: Mast, Jason, Alexander, Jeffrey (Eds.)

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  • The first volume to synthesize the reactions of leading cultural sociologists to the 2016 presidential election
  • Provides a comprehensive accounting of the election’s key actors, institutions, and processes
  • Allows scholars and students to see the methodologies and theories of cultural sociology in action
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The 2016 U.S. presidential election revealed a nation deeply divided and in flux. This volume provides urgently needed insights into American politics and culture during this period of uncertainty. The contributions answer the election’s key mysteries, such as how contemporary Christian evangelicals identified in the unrepentant candidate Trump a hero to their cause, and how working class and economically struggling Americans saw in the rich and ostentatious candidate a champion of their plight. The chapters explain how irrationality is creeping into political participation, and demonstrate how media developments enabled a phenomenon like “fake news” to influence the election. At this polarized and contentious moment, this volume satisfies the urgent need for works that carefully analyze the forces and tensions tearing at the American social fabric. Simultaneously intellectual and accessible, this volume is designed to illuminate the 2016 U.S. presidential election and its aftermath for academics and students of politics alike. 

About the authors

Jason L. Mast is a Research Fellow at the Normative Orders Excellence Cluster at Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, Germany. He is the author of The Performative Presidency: Crisis and Resurrection During the Clinton Years.  

Jeffrey C. Alexander is Lillian Chavenson Saden Professor of Sociology at Yale University, and a Director of the Center for Cultural Sociology. He is the author of The Performance of Politics: Obama’s Victory and the Democratic Struggle for Power and co-author of Obama Power.


Table of contents (15 chapters)

Table of contents (15 chapters)
  • Introduction: Fragments, Ruptures, and Resurgent Structures: The Civil Sphere and the Fate of “Civilship” in the Era of Trumpism

    Mast, Jason L.

    Pages 1-16

  • Politics as a Vacation

    Wagner-Pacifici, Robin (et al.)

    Pages 19-34

  • When Voters Are Voting, What Are They Doing? Symbolic Selection and the 2016 US Presidential Election

    Norton, Matthew

    Pages 35-52

  • Deep Stories, Nostalgia Narratives, and Fake News: Storytelling in the Trump Era

    Polletta, Francesca (et al.)

    Pages 55-73

  • Journalism After Trump

    Jacobs, Ronald N.

    Pages 75-93

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-95945-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-95944-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Politics of Meaning/Meaning of Politics
Book Subtitle
Cultural Sociology of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election
Editors
  • Jason Mast
  • Jeffrey Alexander
Series Title
Cultural Sociology
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-95945-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-95945-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-95944-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 292
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
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