• Title: From Art to Politics: How Artistic Creations Shape Political Conceptions
  • Author: Murray Edelman
  • ISBN: 9780226184012
  • Page: 321
  • Format: Paperback
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    From Art to Politics How Artistic Creations Shape Political Conceptions Murray Edelman holds a unique and distinguished position in American political science For decades one of the few serious scholars to question dominant rational choice interpretations of politics Ede
    Murray Edelman holds a unique and distinguished position in American political science For decades one of the few serious scholars to question dominant rational choice interpretations of politics, Edelman looked instead to the powerful influence of signs, spectacles, and symbols of culture on political behavior and political institutions His first, now classic, book, TheMurray Edelman holds a unique and distinguished position in American political science For decades one of the few serious scholars to question dominant rational choice interpretations of politics, Edelman looked instead to the powerful influence of signs, spectacles, and symbols of culture on political behavior and political institutions His first, now classic, book, The Symbolic Uses of Politics, created paths of inquiry in political science, communication studies, and sociology that are still being explored today.In this book, Edelman continues his quest to understand the influence of perception on the political process by turning to the role of art He argues that political ideas, language, and actions cannot help but be based upon the images and narratives we take from literature, paintings, film, television, and other genres Edelman believes art provides us with models, scenarios, narratives, and images we draw upon in order to make sense of political events, and he explores the different ways art can shape political perceptions and actions to both promote and inhibit diversity and democracy Elegantly written He brilliantly contends that art helps create the images from which opinion molders and citizens construct the social realities of politics Choice It is perhaps the freshness with which he puts his case that is what makes From Art to Politics, as well as his other works, so challenging and invigorating Philip Abbott, Review of Politics

    One Reply to “From Art to Politics: How Artistic Creations Shape Political Conceptions”

    1. Edelman is an arch-constructivist who believes that art influences how we think about politics - to the point that he believes that 'art is the fountainhead from which political discourse, belief about politics, and consequent actions ultimately spring'.Edelman's book is iconic in its field, and understandably so. From Art to Politics is littered with numerous intelligent examples, his insights original and incisive, his argument credible, and yet it is let down by both a dull few chapters later [...]

    2. Strong arguments at the beginning, but in the last to chapters it seems to fall apart. It becomes a bit too abstract and difficult to understand.Overall, he exhibits a strong understanding of the importance of art in a political environment and provides helpful examples to illustrate his point. "art is the fountainhead from which political discourse, beliefs about politics, and consequent actions ultimately spring."

    3. This book starts in earliest art and goes through different political uses of art Spain, China, Nazi German, Feminists. It's a great read.

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