The Year in C-SPAN Archives Research: Volume 4

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Purdue University Press
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C-SPAN is the network of record for US political affairs, broadcasting live gavel-to-gavel proceedings of the House of Representatives and the Senate, and to other forums where public policy is discussed, debated, and decided––without editing, commentary, or analysis and with a balanced presentation of points of view.


The C-SPAN Archives, located adjacent to Purdue University, is the home of the online C-SPAN Video Library. The Archives has copied all of C-SPAN's television content since 1987. Extensive indexing, captioning, and other enhanced online features provide researchers, policy analysts, students, teachers, and public officials with an unparalleled chronological and internally cross-referenced record for deeper study.


The Year in C-SPAN Archives Research presents the finest interdisciplinary research utilizing tools of the C-SPAN Video Library. Each volume highlights recent scholarship and comprises leading experts and emerging voices in political science, journalism, psychology, computer science, communication, and a variety of other disciplines. Each section within each volume includes responses from expert discussants.


Developed in partnership with the Brian Lamb School of Communication and with support from the C-SPAN Education Foundation, C-SPAN Insights is guided by the ideal that all experimental outcomes, including those from our American experiment, can be best improved by directed study driving richer engagement and better understanding.


The Year in C-SPAN Archives Research—Volume 4, edited by Robert X. Browning, advances our understanding of the framing of mental health, HIV/AIDS, policing, and public health, and explores subjects such as audience reactions in C-SPAN covered debates, the Twitter presidency of Donald Trump, and collaborative learning using the C-SPAN Video Library.


Table of Contents: 

CHAPTER 1: Constructing Congressional Discourses: C-SPAN Archives and Congressional Speeches on Crises and Scandals by Alyssa A. Wildrick and Alison N. Novak

CHAPTER 2: Exploring Congressional “Law Enforcement” Talk by Cody Blake Wilson and Joshua M. Scacco

CHAPTER 3: Communication as an Economic Tool and Constitutive Force: Chairman Greenspan’s Talk About Uncertainties in Future U.S. Conditions by Lauren Berkshire Hearit and Patrice M. Buzzanell

CHAPTER 4: Reflections on the C-SPAN Video Library and the Study of Congress by Janet M. Martin

CHAPTER 5:Using C-SPAN to Examine the Political Discourse of HIV/AIDS, 1985–1987 by Nancy E. Brown

CHAPTER 6: Treatment or Gun Control? Congressional Discourse on Mental Illness and Violence by Elizabeth Wulbrecht

CHAPTER 7: Health and Politics: Portrayal of Health and Its Narratives on C-SPAN by Chervin Lam and Somrita Ganchoudhuri

CHAPTER 8: Portrayals of Public Policy Discourse by Zoe M. Oxley

CHAPTER 9: Donald Trump Meets the Ubiquitous Presidency by Delaney Harness and Joshua M. Scacco

CHAPTER 10: C-SPAN and Journalism by Michael Buozis, Shannon Rooney, and Brian Creech

CHAPTER 11: Nobody Saw This Coming? Support for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Through Audience Reactions During the 2016 Presidential Debates by Austin D. Eubanks, Patrick A. Stewart, and Reagan G. Dye

CHAPTER 12: Selecting C-SPAN Video Clips for Creative Collaborative Learning by Pavla Hlozkova

CHAPTER 13: C-SPAN in Changing Spaces of Political Communications by Terri L. Towner

CHAPTER 14: “Look at the Tape, Mr. Chairman”: Reflections on Congress and Television: Keynote Remarks of Dr. Ray Smock