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Politics and Propaganda : Weapons of Mass Seduction - Caroline Wilding

Politics and Propaganda

Weapons of Mass Seduction

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The twentieth century has been called "the century of propaganda". This book explores the concept of propaganda in a genuinely multi-disciplinary way. It begins by defining what propaganda is and how it came into existence, before analysing the three concepts that underpin all propaganda - symbolism, rhetoric and myth. The book then looks at the key elements of propaganda, namely emotion, hyperbole, manipulation and utopla, before presenting a unique theory that the core of propoganda lies in a basic social construction of enmity. Points made in the book are backed up by illuminating case studies from recent history that focus on spin, the war in Afghanistan, single-issue groups, negative advertising, and a powerful final chapter analysing the war in Iraq in 2003.

Defining what and reasoning why
A question of meaningp. 13
Explaining propagandap. 37
A conceptual arrangement
An essential trinity : rhetoric, myth, symbolismp. 65
Integuments of propagandap. 110
Case studies in propaganda
Privatising propagandap. 143
Party propagandap. 158
Propaganda and the Symbolic State : a British experiencep. 172
Marketing war
Nine-eleven and warp. 193
Weapons of mass deception : propaganda, the media and the Iraq warp. 210
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ISBN: 9780719068539
ISBN-10: 0719068533
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st December 2004
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.47
Weight (kg): 0.39