Since I've returned to the United States, I've been thrown into the whirlwind of election frenzy that I largely wasn't exposed to in England. It's kind of shocking to see how candidates from both parties approach each other in the debate forum and what people generally consider to be acceptable behavior or not. Recently, after the Vice Presidential debate, there was lots of hubbub surrounding Joe Biden's behavior in the debate, particularly his willingness to so blatantly criticize Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney's running mate.
This probably seems entirely unrelated to anthropology, but stay with me on this idea. After reading so many ethnographies of institutions, I am curious as to whether anyone knows of an ethnographic research performed on contemporary political machines? I use the word 'machine' as a loaded term here - I suppose the word 'party' would also be a sufficient word to put in its place. What would an ethnography of that type look like? I suppose the first thing that strikes my mind is the linguistic element of it and how that combined with kinetic-type analysis could provide an interesting framework from which to draw from.
Any thoughts on this?
My apologies for the long time without posting - I've been focusing on my job search and sort of neglecting other things as a result. Thanks for any input, guys!