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Founding Fictions (Albma Rhetoric Cult & Soc Crit) Hardcover – April 15, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0817316907 ISBN-10: 0817316906 Edition: 1st Edition

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Product Details

  • Series: Albma Rhetoric Cult & Soc Crit
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: University Alabama Press; 1st Edition edition (April 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0817316906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0817316907
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,082,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's fascinating (and not altogether pleasant) to witness how...citizens consciously chose a republican form of government...but later adopted a "fiction" that we were...living in a true...democracy. --thechurchofbob.com/boblog/?p=460

"The legacy of this last "democratic" fiction has been the systematic erosion of active citizenship in favor of a passive dependence on political leaders in the name of national stability that, Mercieca argues, plagues the United States to this day." Journal of American History.

“…a historical study that speaks to the current issue of what kind of political culture and system of governance we have, and why and how our governing discourse marginalizes the citizenry even as it claims to advance the cause of democracy. Rhetorical scholars and students alike will find Founding Fictions’ careful distinction between republican and democratic forms to be insightful and helpful.”
--Robert L. Ivie, professor in the Department of Communication & Culture at Indiana University


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“In this provocative, challenging study, Mercieca explores the relationship between American political theory and the stories told about American government. This is a book for those interested in political science, public policy, and citizen participation.”—CHOICE


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“Rhetorical historians and political theorists can learn a lot from this volume. . . . Mercieca’s central thesis—that political theories are fictions, and that these fictions exert considerable influence on texts in any given historical context—is a concept worthy of further explication in future rhetorical histories.”—Journal of Communication

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"...a historical study that speaks to the current issue of what kind of political culture and system of governance we have, and why and how our governing discourse marginalizes the citizenry even as it claims to advance the cause of democracy. Rhetorical scholars and students alike will find Founding Fictions' careful distinction between republican and democratic forms to be insightful and helpful."
--Robert L. Ivie, professor in the Department of Communication & Culture at Indiana University
--uapress.ua.edu/product/Founding-Fictions,4770.aspx

More About the Author

Jennifer Mercieca is Associate Professor and Associate Department Head in the Department of Communication at Texas A&M University. Her writing combines American history with rhetorical and political theory in an effort to understand democratic practices.

Her first book, Founding Fictions, critically interrogates American citizens' ability to act politically by examining America's republican and democratic political fictions. She finds that America's political fictions have positioned citizens as romantic heroes, as tragic victims, and as ironic partisans. She argues that while the United States publicly embraces democracy, it imagines its citizens as partisans and as victims, which gives justification for its anti-democratic practices.

Her second book, The Rhetoric of Heroic Expectations: Establishing the Obama Presidency, examines Americans' expectations for the presidency in general and for Barack Obama's presidency in particular.

Dr. Mercieca teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Activism, Citizenship & the Public Sphere, Social Movements, Rhetorical Theory, Political Communication, and the History of American Public Discourse.

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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By vickie898 on December 18, 2013
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This is a Christmas gift for a friend, I don't know if she likes it yet, I haven't given it to her, but it came in a good box, quickly and in good condition.
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