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Where Have All the Heroes Gone?: The Changing Nature of American Valor

Bruce G. Peabody and Krista Jenkins

Abstract

We use the concept of American heroism to show an important and recurring gap between the views of political and media elites in the U.S. and the attitudes of the public. Over the past five decades, important changes in the electoral landscape, our competitive and technological media environment, and popular misgivings about many of our major institutions have induced governing officials and producers of media content to adopt distinctive strategies in deploying heroism. At the same time, the mass public’s response to these moves have been complex and, on the whole, deeply skeptical. Consequen ... More

Keywords: Hero, heroism, political trust, political communication, media, American politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199982950
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199982950.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bruce G. Peabody, author
Professor of Political Science, Fairleigh Dickinson University

Krista Jenkins, author
Professor of Political Science, Fairleigh Dickinson University