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The Making Sense of Politics, Media, and Law
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From Trump's 'make America great again' to Johnson's 'build back better', performative politicians use The Making Sense to persuade their public audiences. Law 'makers' do it too: A courtroom trial is a 'truth factory' in which facts are not found but forged. The 'court of popular opinion' is another such factory, though its processes are often flawed and its products faulty. Where courts of law aim to make civil peace, 'trial by Twitter' makes civil strife. Even in 'mainstream' media, journalists make news for public consumption, so that all news is to an extent 'fake news'. In a world of making, how can we separate craft from craftiness? With insights from disciplines including law, politics, rhetoric, media studies, psychology, sociology, marketing, and performance studies, The Making Sense of Politics, Media, and Law offers a constructive way to approach controversies from transgender identity to cancel culture. This title is also available as open access on Cambridge Core.

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Full book PDF
  • The Making Sense of Politics, Media, and Law
    pp i-ii
  • Law in Context - Series page
    pp iii-vi
  • Copyright page
    pp viii-viii
  • Dedication
    pp ix-x
  • Contents
    pp xi-xi
  • Acknowledgements
    pp xii-xii
  • Part I - The Making Sense
    pp 1-60
  • 1 - The Making Sense
    pp 3-22
  • Introduction
  • 2 - Invention, Creation, Production
    pp 23-42
  • 3 - Artefaction
    pp 43-60
  • Making Things
  • Part II - The Truth Factory
    pp 61-136
  • 4 - The Truth Factory
    pp 63-91
  • Crafting Fact and Law
  • 5 - Making Sex Change
    pp 92-110
  • Legal Engendering of Trans People
  • 6 - Making Faces, Performing Persons
    pp 111-136
  • Part III - The Acting President
    pp 137-206
  • 7 - The Acting President
    pp 139-162
  • 8 - Political Confection
    pp 163-182
  • Making a Meal of It
  • 9 - State Building
    pp 183-206
  • Part IV - Masses, Media, and Popular Judgment
    pp 207-283
  • 10 - Co-Production and Populism
    pp 209-229
  • 11 - Faking News
    pp 230-251
  • 12 - Making Mistakes
    pp 252-283
  • Trial by Twitter and Cancel Culture
  • Index
    pp 284-304


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