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Governing With Words : The Political Dialogue on Race, Public Policy, and Inequality in America

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"Rather than considering political discussions and rhetoric as symbolic, inconsequential forms of politics, Governing with Words conceptualizes them as forms of government action that can shape institutions and societal norms. Daniel Q. Gillion refers tothis theory as 'discursive governance'. Federal politicians' statements about racial and ethnic minority concerns aid the passage of minority public policies and improve individual lifestyle behaviors. Unfortunately, most of the American public continuesto disapprove of politicians' rhetoric that highlights race. The book argues that addressing racial and ethnic inequality continues to be a tug-of-war between avoiding the backlash of the majority in this nation while advocating for minority interests. Even though this paradox looms over politicians' discussions of race, race-conscious political speech, viewed in its entirety, is the mechanism by which marginalized groups find a place in the democratic process. Such race-conscious discussions, the book argues, have ramifications both within and outside of government"--
Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 189
Genre: Political Science
Sub-Genre: Rhetoric
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
Author: Daniel Q. Gillion
Language: English
Street Date: April 30, 2016
TCIN: 51047177
UPC: 9781107566613
Item Number (DPCI): 248-14-8566

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