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Modern American Politics: A Team Sport: American team sports metaphors and their political applications
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This paper examines team sports metaphors applied in political situations that have occurred from the time Ronald Reagan took office, until the end of President Obama’s first term. It compares situations that occur in politics with the occurrences from which the sports metaphor is derived. Further, it also examines why a metaphor is successful within its given political situation. Sports metaphors are very common within the English language and their application in the political discourse of the United States of America has a rich history, and it is an important field to examine. It is imperative to understand the implications of sports metaphors in politics and the sort of voter camps they create. Sports are highly competitive on the field as well as in the stands and spectators/fans are often very aggressive, and applying that aggression through sports metaphors in a political field can create a polarized voter base.

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2013. , 24 p.
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Metaphors, Team sports, Politics, Cognitive Linguistics, Mapping, Lakoff, Johnson, Kovecses, Voters, Fans, Spectator.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-91030OAI: diva2:630180
Available from: 2014-01-22 Created: 2013-06-18 Last updated: 2014-01-22Bibliographically approved

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