How People Talk about Politics: Brexit and Beyond (Hardcover)
During the Brexit referendum campaign it became clear how easily national conversations around politics could become raucous and bitter. This book explores the nature of talking about politically contentious issues and how our society can begin to develop a more constructive culture of political talk.Uniquely, this study focuses on citizens own experiences and reflections on developing, practising and evaluating their own political voices. Based on seventy in-depth interviews with a diverse range of people, Stephen Coleman explores the intricate nature of interpersonal political talk and what this means for public attitudes towards politics and how people negotiate their political identities. Engaging with a broad range of subjects from Political Communication to Sociology this book offers valuable insight into how the public can discuss politically turbulent topics in a meaningful and constructive way.
About the Author
Stephen Coleman is Professor of Political Communication at the University of Leeds. He has written and edited nine books, including Can The Internet Strengthen Democracy?, and has published over a hundred peer-reviewed articles in scholarly journals. He led the research evaluations of the UK televised election debates in 2010, 2015 and 2017. The seventy interviews conducted for this research were funded by the British Academy.