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Levelling the Playing Field: The Idea of Equal Opportunity and its Place in Egalitarian Thought

Andrew Mason

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780199264414
eISBN:
9780191718489
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199264414.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Democratization

‘Equality of opportunity for all’ is a fine piece of political rhetoric but the ideal that lies behind it is slippery. Some see it as an alternative to a more robust form of egalitarianism, whilst ... More


Moderation, fanaticism, and ‘the people’ 1681–1688

Abigail Williams

in Poetry and the Creation of a Whig Literary Culture 1681-1714

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199255207
eISBN:
9780191719837
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199255207.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

This chapter examines the verse produced by the ‘First Whigs’ during and after the Exclusion Crisis, and investigates the ways in which the diverse and disparate emergent Whig party attempted to ... More


Smarter Ways to Fight Crime

Ted Gest

in Crime and Politics: Big Government's Erratic Campaign for Law and Order

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195103434
eISBN:
9780199833887
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195103432.003.0012
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

By 2001, the federal government was spending more than $5.3 billion each year to help states and cities combat crime, on top of the many billions allocated locally. In many instances, the money was ... More


Strategic Politicians, Emotional Citizens, and the Rhetoric of Prediction

Jennifer Jerit, James H Kuklinski, and Paul J Quirk

in The Political Psychology of Democratic Citizenship

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780195335453
eISBN:
9780199893904
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335453.003.0005
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

This chapter argues that strategically interacting politicians who seek to sway public opinion, routinely use predictions about the outcomes of different policies to their advantage. This produces a ... More


Language and Politics

John Joseph

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748624522
eISBN:
9780748671458
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624522.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

Language, this book argues, is political from top to bottom, whether considered at the level of an individual speaker's choice of language or style of discourse with others (where interpersonal ... More


Religious Rhetoric and American Politics: The Endurance of Civil Religion in Electoral Campaigns

Christopher B. Chapp

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451263
eISBN:
9780801465680
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451263.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

From Ronald Reagan's regular invocation of America as “a city on a hill” to Barack Obama's use of spiritual language in describing social policy, religious rhetoric is a regular part of how ... More


The Political and Academic Debate Over Judicial Activism

Stefanie A. Lindquist and Frank B. Cross

in Measuring Judicial Activism

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195370850
eISBN:
9780199870790
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195370850.003.0001
Subject:
Law, Comparative Law

This chapter outlines the history of the concept of “judicial activism” as well as the basic contours of the political and academic debate over the practice. The chapter explores the development of ... More


Edmund Spenser's Irish Experience: Wilde Fruit and Salvage Soyl

Andrew Hadfield

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198183457
eISBN:
9780191674044
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183457.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This book argues that Edmund Spenser's perception and fragmented representation of Ireland shadows the whole narrative of his major work, The Faerie Queene, traditionally regarded as one of the ... More


The Rhetoric of Moral Equivalence

Richard Shorten

in Evil in Contemporary Political Theory

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748641963
eISBN:
9780748652860
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641963.003.0010
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

Undermining the distinctiveness of evil is a characteristic of political, as well as cultural, discourse. Ordinarily judgements of evil are a tool of political condemnation. As such they take their ... More


Thinking Barbarism Today

in Barbarism and Its Discontents

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804782760
eISBN:
9780804785372
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804782760.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature

This chapter examines the current discursive landscape around culture, civilization, and barbarism in the turn it took after the Cold War and the collapse of communist regimes in Europe, and ... More


Discourses of Authority and the Authority of Discourse

Ari Daniel Levine

in Divided by a Common Language: Factional Conflict in Late Northern Song China

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824832667
eISBN:
9780824869298
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824832667.003.0007
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter embeds the findings of the present study about Northern Song factionalism within a broader historical context. It explains how and why the factional rhetoric and political associations ... More


Preparing for the Apocalypse

Ronald G. Musto

in Apocalypse in Rome: Cola di Rienzo and the Politics of the New Age

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520233966
eISBN:
9780520928725
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520233966.003.0007
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

Cola di Rienzo carefully selected a series of images to symbolize for his contemporaries the issues he wanted to bring into public focus and discussion. Since apocalyptic writing offers both ... More


Manhood and Citizenship

Laura E. Free

in Suffrage Reconstructed: Gender, Race, and Voting Rights in the Civil War Era

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801450860
eISBN:
9781501701092
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450860.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter examines how northern free African Americans and women’s rights activists used the issue of gender and traditional American political rhetoric to challenge their own disfranchisement in ... More


Race and Gender Frames in American Politics

in Dangerous Frames: How Ideas about Race and Gender Shape Public Opinion

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226902364
eISBN:
9780226902388
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226902388.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This book has shown that citizens' thoughts and feelings about race and gender can be subtly evoked by appropriately structured political rhetoric. This process is controlled by the interaction ... More


Writing about Disaster: Metaphors in Crisis

in Law in Crisis: The Ecstatic Subject of Natural Disaster

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804762564
eISBN:
9780804772426
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804762564.003.0002
Subject:
Law, Environmental and Energy Law

This chapter reviews both historical and contemporary writing on disaster. It addresses, first of all, the meaning of earthquake metaphors in political speech—what happens to the disaster, that is, ... More


The Bible in the Political Discourse of the American Founding

Daniel L. Dreisbach

in Reading the Bible with the Founding Fathers

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780199987931
eISBN:
9780190624286
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199987931.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

The founders frequently alluded to and quoted from the Bible in their political discourse. This fact alone reveals little about how and for what purposes the founders used the Bible and how the Bible ... More


The Provenance of Fear

Stephen Farrall, Jonathan Jackson, and Emily Gray

in Social Order and the Fear of Crime in Contemporary Times

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780199540815
eISBN:
9780191701191
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199540815.003.0002
Subject:
Law, Criminal Law and Criminology

This chapter outlines the emergence of the fear of crime as a piece of political rhetoric and as an object of criminological interest. This chapter draws upon qualitative interviews with twenty-eight ... More


“Mountain, Become a Volcano”

Mary Ashburn Miller

in A Natural History of Revolution: Violence and Nature in the French Revolutionary Imagination, 1789-1794

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449420
eISBN:
9780801460845
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449420.003.0006
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter analyzes the meaning of the image of the volcano during the French Revolution. Like the images of lightning and mountains, revolutionaries drew on the symbolic language of volcanoes in ... More


Conclusion

Michael S. Gorham

in After Newspeak: Language Culture and Politics in Russia from Gorbachev to Putin

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801452628
eISBN:
9780801470578
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801452628.003.0008
Subject:
Political Science, Russian Politics

This concluding chapter argues that linguistic innovation tends to accelerate during less stable periods of history, and the degree of success of any term, speech style, or discourse depends on the ... More


The Poetics of Alarm and the Passion of Listening

Lily Gurton-Wachter

in Watchwords: Romanticism and the Poetics of Attention

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780804796958
eISBN:
9780804798761
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804796958.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This chapter investigates attention’s affective shapes, focusing on how attention’s unusual relationship to terror and fear shifted as controversies about political alarmism emerged in the 1790s. ... More


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