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ERIC Number: ED098789
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Apr
Pages: 27
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The Language of Politics.
Edelman, Murray Jacob
Linguistic cues evoke prestructured beliefs in people's minds regarding the nature and causes of public problems. Political language can shape people's opinions and thereby shape events. There appear to be two beliefs or myths that people use to explain social problems: the first sees the sufferer as responsible for his own plight in a basically sound social structure; the second sees the sufferer as the victim of an oppressive society that exploits the weak for the benefit of the elite. Linguistic cues such as "welfare,""repression,""security" evoke and reinforce these myths in the public mind and thereby shape the political process. The language used to classify and delimit social problems separates them into categories while they are actually symptoms of the same malfunctioning economic and social system; they are treated separately and, therefore, are not solved. Language of rehabilitation or professional solutions to political problems is used to soothe public anxiety, gain public approval, and stifle opposition. Such solutions often do little to solve problems; therefore, they continue. (CK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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