Book chapter by Toft published “Cross-talk in political discourse: Strategies for bridging issue movements on Democracy Now!”

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IAS faculty member Amoshaun Toft has published “Cross-talk in political discourse: Strategies for bridging issue movements on Democracy Now!” in the edited volume, “Doing Politics. Discursivity, performativity and mediation in political discourse” published by John Benjamins in 2018. The book brings together selected articles from a 2017 conference on “Political Discourse” in the UK. In the chapter, Toft presents a mixed methods look at how speakers connected issue movements through language by analyzing every story that mentioned the Civil Rights movement alongside one of several hundred other named movement labels. The research builds on work with undergraduate and alumni researchers (Christina Madden, Lauren Riefflin, Naomi McMillen, Chelsie Akins-Stewart and Anthony Jones) on the dataset and dictionary of issue movement labels.