Cloth $67.00 ISBN: 9780226872186 Published December 2003
Paper $26.00 ISBN: 9780226872209 Published December 2003
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Talking about Politics

Informal Groups and Social Identity in American Life

Katherine Cramer Walsh

Talking about Politics
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Katherine Cramer Walsh

264 pages | 15 line drawings, 14 tables | 6 x 9 | © 2004
Cloth $67.00 ISBN: 9780226872186 Published December 2003
Paper $26.00 ISBN: 9780226872209 Published December 2003
E-book $7.00 to $26.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226872216 Published March 2010
Whether at parties, around the dinner table, or at the office, people talk about politics all the time. Yet while such conversations are a common part of everyday life, political scientists know very little about how they actually work. In Talking about Politics, Katherine Cramer Walsh provides an innovative, intimate study of how ordinary people use informal group discussions to make sense of politics.

Walsh examines how people rely on social identities—their ideas of who "we" are—to come to terms with current events. In Talking about Politics, she shows how political conversation, friendship, and identity evolve together, creating stronger communities and stronger social ties. Political scientists, sociologists, and anyone interested in how politics really works need to read this book.
Contents
Acknowledgments
List of Tables and Figures
List of Appendixes
1. Introduction: The Public's Part of Public Discussion
2. The Role of Identity-based Perspectives in Making Sense of Politics
3. The Social Practice of Informal Political Talk
4. Clarifying Social Identity through Group Interaction
5. Talking Politics in a Context of Understanding
6. Public Discussion of the Daily News
7. The Data Are Not Given: Perspectives, Political Trust, and the 2000 Election
8. Social Interaction, Political Divides
Appendixes
Bibliography
Index
For more information, or to order this book, please visit http://www.press.uchicago.edu
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