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Connecting with Constituents: Identification Building and Blocking in Contemporary National Convention Addresses (Hardback)
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Connecting with Constituents: Identification Building and Blocking in Contemporary National Convention Addresses (Hardback)

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Hardback 446 Pages / Published: 08/10/2015
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Connecting with Constituents examines the strategies presidential and vice presidential nominees and their surrogates employ while speaking at national nominating conventions to encourage voters to build bonds with one candidate and party and to discourage listeners from forming connections with the opposition. It examines addresses from 1980 to 2012.

Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9780739199039
Number of pages: 446
Weight: 835 g
Dimensions: 234 x 162 x 31 mm


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Connecting with Constituents demonstrates the continuing importance of speeches at national political conventions for creating a sense of shared identity between candidates and the people. The useful comprehensive discussion of contemporary keynotes, surrogate speeches, candidate acceptance speeches, and speeches by candidates' wives illuminates important trends in contemporary politics, especially the very different visions of the electorate expressed in recent Republican and Democratic conventions. -- Robert C. Rowland, The University of Kansas
Vigil's book underscores the importance of identifying with voters via the nominating convention. It is a comprehensive analysis of the many genres of convention rhetoric and the role that each speech plays in creating a bond between the nominee and the electorate. This fascinating work is sure to benefit the student of politics, rhetoric, and public address. -- John M. Jones, Pepperdine University
This book contributes key insights into already excellent work on the rhetoric of national convention addresses. Specifically by looking at the words of not only presidential candidates, but also wives, vice presidential candidates, and surrogates, this project pushes the boundaries of our understanding of how discourse functions in nominating conventions to craft our perceptions of candidates. It is a meaningful and valuable contribution. -- Heather Ashley Hayes, Whitman College

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