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How Propaganda Works

Jason Stanley

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Princeton University Pres
06 December 2016
Politics & government; Propaganda
Our democracy today is fraught with political campaigns, lobbyists, liberal media, and Fox News commentators, all using language to influence the way we think and reason about public issues. Even so, many of us believe that propaganda and manipulation aren't problems for us--not in the way they were for the totalitarian societies of the mid-twentie
By:   Jason Stanley
Imprint:   Princeton University Pres
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 140mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   454g
ISBN:   9780691173429
ISBN 10:   0691173427
Pages:   376
Publication Date:   06 December 2016
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Preface IX Introduction: The Problem of Propaganda 1 1 Propaganda in the History of Political Thought 27 2 Propaganda Defined 39 3 Propaganda in Liberal Democracy 81 4 Language as a Mechanism of Control 125 5 Ideology 178 6 Political Ideologies 223 7 The Ideology of Elites: A Case Study 269 Conclusion 292 Acknowledgments 295 Notes 305 Bibliography 335 Index 347

Jason Stanley is the Jacob Urowsky Professor of Philosophy at Yale University. He is the author of Knowledge and Practical Interests, Language in Context, and Know How.

Reviews for How Propaganda Works

Winner of the 2016 PROSE Award in Philosophy, Association of American Publishers [T]he book crackles with brilliant insights and erudition, while also managing to explain the arcane preoccupations of analytic philosophy in a way that's accessible to a wider audience. -Bookforum How Propaganda Works deserves huge praise and should be read by anyone who cares about politics and language. Its trove of tools and insights is impossible to completely summarise here. --The National As with other books that expose hidden patterns in American political life from a great height (those that come to mind are Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky's Manufacturing Consent and Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow), the lofty perspective of How Propaganda Works challenges researchers to fill in gaps with more detailed, particular explanations of how and why. --Stephen Siff, Journalism & Mass Communications Quarterly Rich and thoughtful... The best way to fight propaganda is to become savvier about how it manipulates, how it actually works, as Stanley does in his work. --Desmog Canada Brilliant and incisive. --Survival: Global Politics and Strategy [A] timely and important work that contributes a good deal of theoretical understanding to a crucial yet relatively neglected topic of inquiry. --Spinwatch A book uniquely suited to its time... An example of political philosophy at its finest. --Voegelinview Stanley tracks propaganda's history across continents and through decades, illuminating its power to make people vote against their own best interests. And what he has found is [that] the words being used may be as important as the politics behind them. --Nick Osbourne, Boston Globe Citing examples ranging from historical racism in America to Citizens United, Stanley's critique of propaganda and ideology will only prove more influential as public and political opinion is further polarized... [A] useful examination of propaganda's pervasiveness. --Kirkus Reviews Stanley has produced a highly stimulating book that brings the issue of propaganda to the attention of political philosophers and draws on an impressive range of philosophical and social scientific sources to illustrate his analysis and provide support for his claims. It is bound to be widely discussed and debated. --Jonathan Wolff, Analysis A searching, eclectic, lively and personal book. --Matthew Festenstein, Political Theory


  • Winner of PROSE Award in Philosophy, Association of American Publishers 2016
  • Winner of PROSE Awards: Philosophy 2016
  • Winner of PROSE Awards: Philosophy 2016.

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