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Political Microcultures: The Structure of Political Talk

in Citizen Speak

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780226660790
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226660783 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226660783.003.0007
Political Microcultures: The Structure of Political Talk

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This chapter pulls together the theoretical and empirical threads developed so far and uses them to propose that we think about group settings as political microcultures. These are localized social settings that serve—just as political cultures do in general—to constrain and enable citizens' democratic imaginations. A key element of this idea is that the same citizens, placed in different political microcultures, may think, talk, and practice citizenship differently. The chapter describes the kinds of discourse that characterized the five types of civic groups studied.

Keywords: group settings; social settings; political microcultures; citizens; democratic imagination; civic groups; citizenship

Chapter.  3915 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: US Politics

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