Master of Arts (M.A.)
Degree Granting Department
Government and International Affairs
Donileen Loseke, Ph.D.
Rachel May, Ph.D.
Robert Benford, Ph.D.
narrative, dramaturgy, politics, emotion, television, identity
In this paper, I build on the assumption that collective emotional experience plays an important role in sustaining the group identity central to nation-making processes inspired by charismatic leaders. This analysis is based on a case study of the Venezuelan government after the death of Hugo Chávez. I examine ways in which elements of the leader’s narrative are used by his successors after his death. I also argue that the current political actors of the bureaucratized Revolutionary Government of Venezuela are attempting to sustain popular support by reaffirming a national identity that resonated among the masses largely due to the charisma of a now absent leader. I wish to explore the probability or lack thereof of a sustained emotional connection of the government regime with the mass audience.
Scholar Commons Citation
Blackwell, Rebecca, "Venezuela, from Charisma to Mimicry: The Rise and Fall of a Televised Political Drama" (2016). Graduate Theses and Dissertations.