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Talking Politics : A Wordbook - A.W. Sparkes

Talking Politics

A Wordbook

Paperback Published: 18th August 1994
ISBN: 9780415108089
Number Of Pages: 332

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"Talking Politics" is a philosophical examination of some of the basic concepts of political discourse. It focuses not on the works of political theorists but on "ordinary" political discourse--the talk of politicians, journalists and the public. The book examines concepts, such as the political, the moral and the people, which are often taken for granted in theoretical writings.
Arranged thematically around topics such as "nation," the book presents comprehensive entries with cross-references and suggestions for further reading. The questions addressed include: whether everything is unavoidably political; if words like "unity" or "consensus" are merely hallucinogenic; and if politicians must be immoral or amoral. A. W. Sparkes offers a pointed, often witty, examination of the uses and misuses of political language. "Talking Politics" is a useful guide for students of politics and philosophy, but it will also appeal to any reader with a thoughtful interest in politics.

Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Introduction
Hunting the wild conceptp. 1
Humpty Dumpty and various social objectsp. 13
The polis and the political OR Has politics got a nature?p. 54
Politicians, politicking, leaders, leading, etc.p. 73
Loyalties and unitiesp. 86
Interestsp. 108
Nationp. 128
The people, democracy, populismp. 140
Morality and politicsp. 162
'States of mind' of the people and of similar entitiesp. 179
Time, change, continuityp. 205
Identity, etc.p. 236
Notesp. 257
Bibliographyp. 271
Indexp. 310
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ISBN: 9780415108089
ISBN-10: 041510808X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 332
Published: 18th August 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.88
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 1