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The Role of Identity-Based Perspectives in Making Sense of Politics

in Talking about Politics

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2003 | ISBN: 9780226872186
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226872216 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226872216.003.0002
The Role of Identity-Based Perspectives in Making Sense of Politics

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This chapter builds on existing research in political understanding, particularly studies of framing, to develop a model of group-level political interpretation. Prevailing studies of framing effects assume that members of the public are already familiar with the frames used by political professionals, but they do not examine the processes by which these perspectives are acquired. The chapter argues that the concept of identity-based perspectives helps us to understand and appreciate the bottom-up components of political interpretation.

Keywords: political understanding; political interpretation; identity-based perspectives; bottom-up components; group model; political professionals

Chapter.  6469 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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