Advances in Research Using the C-SPAN Archives

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Purdue University Press
Professional & Scholarly


This book is a guide to the latest research using the C-SPAN Archives. In this book, nine authors present original work using the video archives to study presidential debates, public opinion and Congress, analysis of the Violence Against Women Act and the Great Lakes freshwater legislation, as well as President Clinton’s grand jury testimony. The C-SPAN Archives contain over 220,000 hours of first run digital video of the nation’s public affairs record. These and other essays serve as guides for scholars who want to explore the research potential of this robust public policy and communications resource.


Table of Contents:


Chapter 1: Congressional Process and Public Opinion Toward Congress: An Experimental Analysis Using the C-SPAN Video Library by Jonathan S. Morris and Michael W. Joy

Chapter 2: Discursively Constructing the Great Lakes Freshwater by Theresa R. Castor

Chapter 3: Considering Construction of Conservative/Liberal Meaning: What an Extraterrestrial Might Discover About Branding Strategy in the C-SPAN Video Library by Robert L. Kerr

Chapter 4: What Can the Public Learn by Watching Congress? by Tim Groeling

Chapter 5: Gendered Linguistics: A Large-Scale Text Analysis of U.S. Senate Candidate Debates by Martha E. Kropf and Emily Grassett

Chapter 6: Microanalysis of the Emotional Appropriateness of Facial Displays During Presidential Debates: C-SPAN Coverage of the First and Third 2012 Debates by Patrick A. Stewart and Spencer C. Hall

Chapter 7: President William J. Clinton as a Practical Ethnomethodologist: A Single-Case Analysis of Successful Question-Answering Techniques in the 1998 Grand Jury Testimony by Angela Cora Garcia

Chapter 8: C-SPAN Unscripted: The Archives as Repository for Uncertainty in Political Life Joshua M. Scacco

Chapter 9: Protecting (Which?) Women: A Content Analysis of the House Floor Debate on the 2012 Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act by Nadia E. Brown and Sarah Allen Gershon

Chapter 10: “Working the Crowd”: How Political Figures Use Introduction Structures by Kurtis D. Miller

Chapter 11: Representing Others, Presenting Self by Zoe M. Oxley