Popular Culture and Political Communication

Street, John ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9650-063X (2012) Popular Culture and Political Communication. In: The Sage Handbook of Political Communication. Sage Handbooks . Sage Publications, London, pp. 75-84. ISBN 978-1-84787-439-9

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Some commentators have welcomed a world in which political advertisements resemble music videos and in which film and rock stars behave like politicians. Others have complained bitterly at what they see as the ‘dumbing down’ of political communication. This chapter puts this debate in perspective. It examines the contrasting explanations for why political communication has adopted the possibilities offered by popular culture. It identifies the ways in which popular culture can communicate politically, not just serving as a platform for propaganda, but as a site of political engagement. This wider perspective on the relationship between political communication and popular culture is most vividly embodied in the form of the celebrity politician. The chapter ends by asking what we know about the impact of such figures, and by identifying a research agenda that will lead to a fuller appreciation of the role of popular culture in contemporary political communication.

Item Type: Book Section
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Political, Social and International Studies
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Cultural Politics, Communications & Media
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Policy & Politics
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Centres > Centre for Competition Policy
Depositing User: John Street
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2012 10:22
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2024 01:16
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/39157

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