American Exceptionalism in a Democratic Idiom: Transacting the Mythos of Change in the 2008 Presidential Campaign

  title={American Exceptionalism in a Democratic Idiom: Transacting the Mythos of Change in the 2008 Presidential Campaign},
  author={Robert L. Ivie and Oscar Giner},
  journal={Communication Studies},
  pages={359 - 375}
  • R. Ivie, Oscar Giner
  • Published 28 July 2009
  • Sociology, Political Science
  • Communication Studies
The mythos of the 2008 presidential campaign rhetoric is examined for the potential it reveals to transform political culture from within, specifically to articulate a synergic relationship between American exceptionalism and democracy that depolarizes political discourse and promotes interdependency in the form of collaborative and complementary relations. Barack Obama's campaign mantra of change was ritually resisted and reinforced by the symbolic act of John McCain's heroic last stand, which… 

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