This book explores some of the multiple roles that symbolism and language play in political life. It includes contemporary efforts in structuralism, deconstruction, textual analysis, post-structuralism, critical theory, and neo-Marxism. .
Introduction Part One: Political Interests and Political Symbolism 1. The Political Language of the Nonprofit Sector 2. The Political Uses of Political Issues 3. Public and Private Political Realities and the Privatization Movement Part Two: Elections and Symbolism 4. Constructing Explanations for Election Results: When 'The Voters Have Spoken,' Who Decides What They Said? 5. The Postmodern Election Part Three: Policy Implementation, Elite Control, and Political Symbolism 6. Law at the Margins: The Symbolic Power of Professional Discourse 7. The Neutered Mother 8. Museums, Zoos, and Ecology: Animal Displays on Display Part Four: Culture and Political Domination 9. False-Consciousness, or Laying It on Thick 10. Challenge and Resistance: Two Cases of Cultural Conflict in the United States Part Five: Symbolic Representation and Power 11. Language and Power: The Spaces of Critical Interpretation 12. Representation and the Silences of Politics