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A Gossip Politic

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  • Introduces a new framework for assessing the role of media, celebrity and gossip in our America political climate
  • Offers a timely analysis of the role of gossip’s influence on our political system, news and media cultures
  • Embraces an interdisciplinary approach with contributions by notable scholars

Part of the book series: Rhetoric, Politics and Society (RPS)

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Table of contents (10 chapters)


About this book

This book makes explicit the historical, technological, and discursive links between gossip as a mode of communication, news media, and contemporary politics. A Gossip Politic advances a new framework of gossip, applying the informal understanding of the term to news talk and political actors. Authored by esteemed scholars in the fields of Political Science, Media Studies, Linguistics, and Sociology, chapters consider the influence of gossip on the press, the American presidency, and the public. A Gossip Politic provides readers with a multi-faceted portrait of the ways in which gossip has influenced media history, shaped our understanding of democracy, and contributed to our current political landscape.

Editors and Affiliations

  • Communication, Providence College, Providence, USA

    Andrea McDonnell

  • Political Science and International Relations, Emmanuel College, Boston, USA

    Adam Silver

About the editors

Andrea McDonnell is Associate Professor of Communication and Director of the Communication program at Providence College, USA, where her research examines the relationship between celebrity culture and media audiences.

Adam Silver is Associate Professor of Political Science at Emmanuel College, USA, where his research focuses on the American Political Party Development, specifically the relationship between political elites and the electorate on the crafting of campaign strategy.

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