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Swing Voting: Understanding Late Deciders in Late Modernity (Philip Dalton)

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Title: Swing Voting
Sub-title: Understanding Late Deciders in Late Modernity
Author(s): Philip Dalton
Publish Date: January 2006
Pages: 176
Format: Paper
This book offers the reader a first glimpse of the attitudes of the U.S. swing voter—those voters campaigns most need to pursue and who are uncommitted and believed likely to vote. It focuses on these voters from a phenomenological standpoint, identifying that which is common among them, their unexamined attitudes about politics, their approach to decision making and their role in society. It is argued that the empirical approach to voting is indicative of a general shift in U.S. culture toward social disengagement.

Topics that are covering include independent voters, the public sphere, presidential elections, voting, ethnography, phenomenology, as well as consciousness structures, introducing the work of Jean Gebser as it applies to the attitudes made evident by the subjects involved in this study.

Contents: Foreword, Eric Mark Kramer. Introduction. UNDERSTANDING SWING VOTERS. What is the Swing Voter Phenomenon? The Importance of Studying Swing Voters. DISCUSSION OF METHOD. Limitations of Natural Science Methodology. Methodology. Method of Analysis. Validity. INTERVIEWING SWING VOTERS. Overview of Analysis—Modern Voting. A HERMENEUTIC OF MODERN VOTING. Characteristics and Origins of Modern Swing Voting. Dimension Accrual/Dissociation Theory. Tracing the Origins of the Modern Swing-Voter Attitude. Modern Times and Eternal Truths. Institutionalization of Modern Voting Participation. PRIMARY OF THE PRIVATE SPHERE. The Devolution of the Public Sphere. Keeping it Real. Political Communication Consumption. Time Poverty. ALTERITY AS NECESSITY. Contemporary Self-Understanding. The Value of Alterity. Re-examining Contemporary Ontology vis-à-vis Civics. What Are We to Do? Appendixes. References. Author Index. Subject Index.

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