Joel Suss

Book Review: Media and Social Justice by Sue Curry Jansen, Jefferson Pooley, and Lora Taub-Pervizpour

Media and Social Justice charts the work that critical media scholars and activists are undertaking to combat social injustice and misrepresentation in the media. The authors provide a diverse collection of examples, but conclude that there is still a long way to go before we can fully eliminate abuses of power. An excellent guide for students, with several interesting and innovative chapters, […]

Book Review: Reinventing Political Culture by Jeffrey C. Goldfarb

Like language, a political culture is in constant flux; meanings continuously change and attitudes are refined through the continuous exchange of ideas. Jeffrey C. Goldfarb argues that this constant reinvention of political culture produces societal transformation, but Joel Suss concludes that although an attractive argument, the author does not provide readers with enough evidence for it to be convincing.  Reinventing Political Culture. Jeffrey C. Goldfarb. […]

Book Review: The Political Marketing Game

Jennifer Lees-Marshment, author of The Political Marketing Game, shows how the marketing game is played and how to win it, reviewed by Joel Suss.   The Political Marketing Game. Jennifer Lees-Marshment. Palgrave MacMillan. March 2011. Find this book:    The political game is increasingly about marketing. Focus-groups, opinion-polls, consultants and advertising are all utilized more than ever by politicians seeking an edge. This […]

Book Review: Politicians and Rhetoric: The Persuasive Power of Metaphor

Politicians and Rhetoric will interest those fascinated with linguistics, rhetoric and political communication, providing a lucid insight into the way metaphors and political myths are developed by politicians seeking to achieve an intended effect, finds Joel Suss.


Politicians and Rhetoric: The Persuasive Power of Metaphor. Jonathan Charteris-Black. Palgrave MacMillan. September 2011.

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Political rhetoric, synonymously referred to as ‘spin’, is popularly thought of […]