Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

Founding Fictions (Albma Rhetoric Cult & Soc Crit) 1st Edition Edition

5 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
ISBN-13: 978-0817316907
ISBN-10: 0817316906
Why is ISBN important?
ISBN
This bar-code number lets you verify that you're getting exactly the right version or edition of a book. The 13-digit and 10-digit formats both work.
Scan an ISBN with your phone
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for $2.00
Learn More
Trade in now
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
More Buying Choices
10 New from $39.07 10 Used from $26.00
Free Two-Day Shipping for College Students with Amazon Student Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student


Save Up to 90% on Textbooks Textbooks

Editorial Reviews

Review

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


“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


“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

From the Back Cover

"...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
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE



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: #3,424,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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.

Customer Reviews

5 star
100%
4 star
0%
3 star
0%
2 star
0%
1 star
0%
See the customer review
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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.
Comment 0 of 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Want to discover more products? Check out this page to see more: rhetoric and political culture in 19th century america