The forum: Second thoughts on presidential politics

Janet M. Ruane, Karen A. Cerulo

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In this essay, we confront the "conventional wisdoms" promoted throughout this long presidential campaign. By conventional wisdoms, we mean the common knowledge of politics - the things that commentators and analysts forward as taken-for-granted assertions and beliefs. We will revisit just a few of the campaign season's conventional wisdoms and review them with a sociological eye. In so doing, we find that in politics, as in most other areas, conventional wisdom can be a risky source of knowledge.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)852-860
Number of pages9
JournalSociological Forum
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2008


  • Campaigns
  • Conventional wisdom
  • Cultural practices
  • Elections
  • Politics
  • Social patterns


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