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eBook The Symbolic Uses of Politics ePub

by Murray Edelman

  • ISBN: 025201202X
  • Category: Social Sciences
  • Subcategory: Other
  • Author: Murray Edelman
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press; 2 edition (February 1, 1985)
  • Pages: 221
  • ePub book: 1296 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1500 kb
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  • Rating: 4.3
  • Votes: 974

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Murray Edelman is professor of political science at the University of Illinois.

Murray Edelman is professor of political science at the University of Illinois. His other works include The Licensing of Radio Services in the United States, 1927-1947 and, with Robben W. Fleming, The Politics of Wage-Price Decisions, 1946-1963: A Four-Country Analysis. It would have been very interesting to flesh out the consequences of the symbolic uses of politics with case studies of different issues, different interest groups, different affected groups, in different countries and historical periods. After the excellent "Introduction", the other chapters just yammer the same points on and on.

Edelman received a bachelor's degree in social sciences from Bucknell University in 1941, a master's degree from the University of Chicago in 1942 and a P. in Political Science from the University of Illinois in 1948

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The symbolic manifestations, purposes, and uses of politics are revealed in this provocative analysis of the institution of. .Murray Edelman is professor of political science at the University of Illinois

The symbolic manifestations, purposes, and uses of politics are revealed in this provocative analysis of the institution of politics and man as a political animal. Unlike the conventional study of politics that deals with how people get the things they want through government, this book concentrates on how politics influence what they want, what they fear, and what they regard as possible. Murray Edelman is professor of political science at the University of Illinois.

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Beginning with The Symbolic Uses of Politics ( 1 9 6 4 ) he has shown how, in communications between political authorities and mass publics, elites significantly structure the expectations people have of them and significantly contribute to the accepting relation-ship of mass publics to authority itself. He has demonstrated a subtle way of analyzing the public pronouncements and actions of authori-ties in terms of their symbolic content and their psychological impact on a dependent population seeking reassurance and virtually demand-ing leadership.

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Aurizar Aurizar
Chapter 1 is outstanding, but if you purchase this book, like I did, you will be disappointed with the amount of "meat" in the remaining chapters.

It is unfortunate Murray Edelman does not have economics training, or expertise in comparing the economic outcomes of different countries. It would have been very interesting to flesh out the consequences of the symbolic uses of politics with case studies of different issues, different interest groups, different affected groups, in different countries and historical periods. After the excellent "Introduction", the other chapters just yammer the same points on and on.

In this edition, the 1984 Afterword ends the book with a dull thud. It is lamely informed by Post-Modern relativism, so the symbolic truths of politics become the *only* truths of politics; Mr. Edelman doesn't even see that makes the whole book irrelevant because slight - that analysis turns his book into "All Uses of Politics" and his book is hardly that at 232 pages.

I am glad I purchased the book, because the first chapter in my copy is heavily marked up (sometimes in admiration of a well constructed phrase), and there are some excellent bibliographic references for further pursuit. So it would be impossible for me to give less than three stars.
Arcanefist Arcanefist
This has been and remains one of the absolute classic analyses of political behavior in this country and indeed the world and throughout history. Today, our politics have become so suffused with symbolism that little of substance remains in the realm of overt discussion. Instead, the waving around of symbolic issues largely hides from the public the real activity of politics, which Robert Dahl once defined as "Who gets what, when, and how." Under-the-counter deals are made, favors are exchanged, and insiders profit, largely at the expense of the people generally.

Nothing new, of course - that's always the way politics has been conducted throughout the ages, ever since the Sumerians discovered that agriculture could produce enough extra wealth to support an infrastructure and thus invented both government and religion. For much of history, religion has been the main user of symbols in the interests of controlling human behavior. Edelman's contribution was to note that as religion lost some of its symbolic grip and participation in politics became more widespread and "democratic", politics was right there to pick up the slack and even expand on the power of symbols.

Religion of course continues to be a powerful force in its own right. Today, we see in many places a fusion of religion and politics that multiplies the power of symbolic action many-fold. This fusion has always been two-edged. Although politicians have felt that they were using religion, they often find it difficult or impossible to disengage from symbolic stands that religion commits them to (universal salvation, homelands, etc.) even if possibilities for reasonable political adjudication of opposing interests emerge. Although political symbolism is entirely a mental construct, it is painfully real in its effects on people and their lives.

Unless we understand that our overt politics these days is almost entirely made up of the manipulation of symbols (for which the mass media must assume a significant share of responsibility, even as they themselves are being eaten away by technology), things make no sense. And it is indeed this lack of sense that is feeding the growing cynicism and detachment from political life of moire and more citizens, to the detriment of almost everyone except the insiders, who are thus increasingly free to make their deals practically in public, trusting to the public's lack of interest to shield their machinations. If we were to have an Edelman Revival, we might be able to break through the stultifying morass that is today's political life and finally see things for what they are. And them maybe we might be able to form a consensus to fix things. Maybe.

Read this book, and tell everyone about it.
Xaluenk Xaluenk
I had to read this book to complete a long undergraduate paper, and it was one of the best books I've ever read regarding how politics works. It's amazing that the book was written in 1964, because it is so applicable to so many events. It's not the most readable book (it's rather dense), but the information provided is so poignant and accurate, that it more than makes up for this. Any time I see something ridiculous political hoopla on the news, it all makes sense after Murray Edelman.

As I saw it, the main thrust of the book is that people don't want tangible "Things" from the government. Instead they want "the feeling that they are getting things" from the government. starting with this premise, Edelman explains how this works out in electoral politics, policy actions, and civil rights debates. It's stunning how accurate his system is and how applicable his general rules of politics are to almost any situation. It's a great book, and a must for anyone getting into the Political Science field.
Gnng Gnng
If you're looking to psycho-analyze the effectiveness of symbolism and develop your own theory of political advertising, nab this book. It's one of the classic piece of poli-sci literature.