THE DEMOCRACY LAB

Research in the Humanities

University of California, Berkeley

RESEARCH AT THE INTERSECTION OF PERFORMANCE AND POLITICS

WITH A FOCUS IN THE AMERICAN HEMISPHERE

THE DEMOCRACY LAB

Research in the Humanities

University of California, Berkeley

Primary Stress

Democratic Narratives, Identity, and Audience in 2020

By Isabella de Bruin

Final Project: An essay (36 pgs) entitled, “Primary Stress: Democratic Narratives, Identity, and Audience 2020,” along with a podcast episode. The essay critiques the 2020 primary elections as a spectacle of national political theater that produces an anti-democratic paradox of polarization and disenchantment. The essay suggests that “unifying narratives that address the paradoxes of American democrxy are needed to reverse the damage.”

Click here to visit the essay.

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