Ofer Feldman (Doshisha University, Japan) announces his just-published edited book entitled When Politicians Talk: The Cultural Dynamics of Public Speaking (published by Springer, Singapore. DOI 10.1007/978-981-16-3579-3)


This book details the relationship between culture and the language used by politicians, political candidates, and government officials, in the broad context of political behavior and communication. Employing a variety of perspectives, theoretical, conceptual, methodological, and analytical approaches, chapters focus specifically on the question of HOW cultural factors (such as religion, history, economy, majority/minority relations, social structure, and values) shape the content, nature, and characteristics of the rhetoric that public figures utilize in selected countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Oceania, and the Middle East.



1 Introduction: Assessing Cultural Influences on Political Leaders’ Discourse, By Ofer Feldman 

Part I Religion 

2  Deep Culture: The Hebrew Bible and Israeli Political Speech, By Sam Lehman-Wilzig 

3  Qur’anifying Public Political Discourse: Islamic Culture and Religious Rhetoric in Arabic Public Speaking, By Ali Badeen Mohammed Al-Rikaby, Thulfiqar Hussein Altahmazi, and Debbita Ai Lin Tan 

4 The Role of Culture in Turkish Political Discourse: President Recep Tayyip Erdog ̆an and The Justice and Development Party, By Ays ̧e Deniz Ünan Göktan 

5 The Symbolic Construction of a Messiah: Jair Bolsonaro’s Public, Christian Discourse, By Eduardo Ryô Tamaki, Ricardo Fabrino Mendonça, and Matheus Gomes Mendonça Ferreira 

Part II History, Economy, Climate/Geography, and Majority/Minority Relations 

6  Rationality and Moderation: German Chancellors’ Post-War Rhetoric, By Melani Schröter 

7  Talking Politics: The Influence of Historical and Cultural Transformations on Polish Political Rhetoric, By Katarzyna Molek-Kozakowska and Agnieszka Kampka 

8  A Tale of Two Prime Ministers: The Influence of Greek Culture in Post-Crises Political Speech, By Christos Kostopoulos 

9  Rhetoric, Culture, and Climate Wars: A Discursive Analysis of Australian Political Leaders’ Responses to the Black Summer Bushfire Crisis, By Nicholas Bromfield, Alexander Page, and Kurt Sengul 

10  The Core Socio-Cultural Building Blocks Underlying Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Speeches to the United Nations General Assembly, By Yuval Benziman 

Part III Social Structure, Values, Popular and New-Culture Elements 

11  The President as Macho: Machismo, Misogyny, and the Language of Toxic Masculinity in Philippine Presidential Discourse, By Gene Segarra Navera 

12  Decoding Japanese Politicians’ Rhetoric: Socio-Cultural Features of Public Speaking, By Ofer Feldman 

13  Culture and Politics in Contemporary China: A Cultural-Rhetorical Analysis of Xi Jinping’s Three Speeches in 2019, By Xing Lu 

14  Popular Culture in the Service of Populist Politics in Spain: Pablo Iglesias’ Parliamentary Speech as Leader of the Podemos Party, By Francisco José Sánchez-García 

15  Donald Trump: Dividing America Through New-Culture Speech, By Michael Alan Krasner 

Part IV Cultural Convergence and Discourse Divergence 

16 Commentary: Choice and Innovation in the Interaction of Political Discourse with Culture, By Richard Anderson