Jeffrey C. Alexander


On his book The Performance of Politics: Obama's Victory and the Democratic Struggle for Power

Cover Interview of December 29, 2010

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“The democratic struggle for power has become theatrical.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Democracy, in other words, is a symbolic language, one that provides the vocabulary for us to define our selves and our cause as democratic and pure and our opponents’ as anti-democratic and polluted.”

On the second:

“We need to move away from a mechanistic, materialist, interest-based view of political struggles. Every class, every ethnicity, every gender—and every political campaign—has a fair amount of free space to tell its story in different ways.”