Abstract and Keywords
Though it is often a casual byproduct of social interactions, everyday political talk is nonetheless vital to deliberative democracy. In this chapter, we review current empirical research establishing the importance of everyday political talk. We also explore the psychology of everyday talk, explaining how over time everyday political talk encourages citizens to clarify their preferences, and develop understandings of politics that reflect their interests and identities. Finally, we probe the links between everyday talk, the media, and the formation of public opinion. Overall, we argue that by developing in citizens both a broad understanding of politics and a language to discuss it, everyday political talk prepares them for political action, including deliberation in more formal settings.
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