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The Mass Media and the Dynamics of American Racial Attitudes

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  • Date Published: August 2003
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521821711

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  • Paul Kellstedt examines variation in Americans' racial attitudes over the last half-century, particularly in the relationship between media coverage and American public opinion. His analyses reveal that racial policy preferences have evolved in an unpredicted way over the past fifty years. Sustained periods of liberalism, invariably followed by eras of conservatism, respond to cues presented in the national media. Kellstedt examines this relationship between attitudes on the two major issues of the twentieth century--race and the welfare state.

    • Focuses on the over-time variation in racial attitudes
    • Makes the connection between mass media coverage of race and public opinion on race for the first time
    • Conceptualizes racial policy preferences along a single liberal-to-conservative dimension, rather than taking each issue by itself
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This book is well written, with a conversational tone and accessible style. Kellstedt has a knack for using analogies and metaphors to explain complex concepts and analyses, which makes the book appropriate for use in graduate and undergraduate courses." - Rosalee A. Clawson, Purdue University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2003
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521821711
    • length: 174 pages
    • dimensions: 237 x 157 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.357kg
    • contains: 20 b/w illus. 11 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Toward a dynamic perspective on racial attitudes
    2. Eras of media coverage of race
    3. Eras of racial liberalism and conservatism
    4. Media framing and the dynamics of racial policy preferences
    5. The fusion of race and the welfare state in the public mind
    6. A new American dilemma for a new millennium?

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Media and the Policy Process
    • Race and Racism in the Age of Obama
    • Social Identities
  • Author

    Paul M. Kellstedt, Texas A & M University

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