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In-Your-Face PoliticsThe Consequences of Uncivil Media$
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Diana C. Mutz

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780691165110

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691165110.001.0001

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What Is “In-Your-Face” Politics?

What Is “In-Your-Face” Politics?

(p.1) Chapter 1 What Is “In-Your-Face” Politics?
In-Your-Face Politics

Diana C. Mutz

Princeton University Press

This chapter discusses the concept of “in-your-face” politics. When it comes to expressing political views in face-to-face settings, most people are usually polite. With political television, in contrast, there is considerable political disagreement, and the opinion holders that people see are often chosen specifically as exemplars of extremely divergent, highly polarized positions. It is well established that violating norms for interpersonal distance or norms for polite conversation can have important consequences in real life. The chapter addresses whether these same norm violations have consequences when they occur via television. It also provides background on incivility in political discourse and what is known about the importance of spatial distance in how people react to one another.

Keywords:   in-your-face politics, political views, political television, interpersonal distance, polite conversation, incivility, political discourse

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