The Language of Persuasion in Politics: An Introduction (Hardback)
  • The Language of Persuasion in Politics: An Introduction (Hardback)

The Language of Persuasion in Politics: An Introduction (Hardback)

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Hardback 246 Pages / Published: 02/10/2017
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This accessible introductory textbook looks at the modern relationship between politicians, the press and the public through the language they employ, with extensive coverage of key topics including:

`spin', `spin control' and `image' politics

models of persuasion: authority, contrast, association

pseudo-logical and `post-truth' arguments

political interviewing: difficult questions, difficult answers

metaphors and metonymy

rhetorical figures

humour, irony and satire

Extracts from speeches, soundbites, newspapers and blogs, interviews, press conferences, election slogans, social media and satires are used to provide the reader with the tools to discover the beliefs, character and hidden strategies of the would-be persuader, as well as the counter-strategies of their targets. This book demonstrates how the study of language use can help us appreciate, exploit and protect ourselves from the art of persuasion.

With a wide variety of practical examples on both recent issues and historically significant ones, every topic is complemented with guiding tasks, queries and exercises with keys and commentaries at the end of each unit. This is the ideal textbook for all introductory courses on language and politics, media language, rhetoric and persuasion, discourse studies and related areas.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9781138038479
Number of pages: 246
Weight: 649 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 mm

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