Culture, catastrophe, and rhetoric: The texture of political action

Robert Hariman*, Ralph Cintron

*Corresponding author for this work

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This volume explores political culture, especially the catastrophic elements of the global social order emerging in the twenty-first century. By emphasizing the texture of political action, the book theorizes how social context becomes evident on the surface of events and analyzes the performative dimensions of political experience. The attention to catastrophe allows for an understanding of how ordinary people contend with normal system operation once it is indistinguishable from system breakdown. Through an array of case studies, the book provides an account of change as it is experienced, negotiated, and resisted in specific settings that define a society's capacity for political action.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherBerghahn Books
Number of pages264
ISBN (Electronic)9781782387473
ISBN (Print)9781782387466
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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