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Tales of the State : Narrative in Contemporary U.S. Politics and Public Policy - Sanford F. Schram

Tales of the State

Narrative in Contemporary U.S. Politics and Public Policy

By: Sanford F. Schram (Editor), Philip T. Neisser (Editor)

Paperback Published: 14th August 1997
ISBN: 9780847685035
Number Of Pages: 288

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The relationship between politics and storytelling is one with a well-established lineage, but public policy analysis has only recently begun to develop its own appreciation of the power of narrative to explain everything from political traditions to cyberspace. This unique collection of original essays helps further that project by surveying stories of and about all kinds of American politics--from welfare, race, and immigration; to workfare, jobs, and education; to gay rights, national security, and the American Dream in an age of economic globalization.

A fascinating, infuriating, eye-opening book. It succeeds in wedding high literary and anthropological theory with the mundane details of presidents' politicking and policy-makers' number crunching. Readers will swing between resistance to thinking of their own perspective as merely a narrative, and sudden awareness of how this framing really does illuminate some puzzling aspects of the American polity. They may not be fully convinced, but they will certainly be better off for wrestling with the issuesthat this book so cleverly raises...--Jennifer Hochschild, Princeton University, author of Facing Up to the American Dream

Introductionp. 1
Winning the West, Unwelcoming the Immigrant: Alternative Stories of "America"p. 17
Constitutional Tales: Capitalist Origin Stories and U.S. Democracyp. 27
Pluralizing the American Dreamp. 39
The Storyteller in Chief: Why Presidents Like to Tell Talesp. 53
The Cycle of Representation: The House Republicans and the Contract with Americap. 63
Native Son: Stories of Self-Creation in the Judicial Politics of Clarence Thomasp. 76
Talking Straight: Narrating the Political Economy of Gay Rightsp. 89
"It's Not Just Naked Women" - Regulating Transgressive Identities in Cyberspacep. 102
Welfare Queens: Policing by the Numbersp. 113
Tales of Black Criminality: Racial Determinism and Fatal Narrativesp. 125
Welfare Migration as a Policy Rumor: A Statistical Accountingp. 139
Tales of the City: The Secret Life of Devolutionp. 150
The Entrepreneurial Gloss: The Myth of Small Business Job Growthp. 163
The Vanishing White Man: Workforce 2000 and Tales of Demographic Transformationp. 174
Schooling Stories: Three Paths, Two Tragedies, One Visionp. 184
Rumors of Apartheid: Myth and Stereotype in U.S. Foreign Policy Toward South Africap. 199
National Security Tales and the End of the Cold Warp. 212
NAFTA Discourse: Tales of Sovereignty, Science, and Adjustmentp. 223
Is It Global Economics or Neo-Laissez-Faire?p. 234
Referencesp. 242
Indexp. 265
About the Contributorsp. 269
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ISBN: 9780847685035
ISBN-10: 0847685039
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 14th August 1997
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.56 x 14.68  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.38