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Public Opinion And The Communication of Consent : Guilford Communication Series - Theodore L. Glasser

Public Opinion And The Communication of Consent

Guilford Communication Series

Paperback Published: 22nd April 1995
ISBN: 9780898624991
Number Of Pages: 475

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This volume offers an unprecedented range of scholarly perspectives on the relationship between public opinion and communication. With contributions written from social-scientific, historical, critical, and cultural traditions, the book illuminates the importance and richness of treating "public opinion" as a multifaceted concept. Topics covered include the nature and institutions of public opinion, media influences, social and psychological contexts, and the role that public opinion assessment plays in a democratic society.

"This is an excellent, up-to-date, diverse collection of essays by some of the brightest public opinion scholars, established as well as rising stars. The scope of the book is broad, spanning the history of the role of public opinion from ancient to contemporary times. The perspectives are interdisciplinary, with a felicitous blending of philosophical, political, sociological, psychological, and communication perspectives. Upper-level college students will be well-served by this stimulating collection, which examines the major current issues in public opinion research."--Doris Graber, University of Illinois at Chicago "A valuable work....For the student, this book provides the theoretical foundations necessary for any full understanding of public opinion."--Journalism and Mass Communication Educator "Glasser and Salmon have given us a collection that is consistently rich in thoughtful reflections about the status of the field, replete with vivid and well-written reviews of the dominant agreements and disagreements in an area of central importance to modern politics."--American Political Science Review "Impressive....Warrants attention from scholars and teachers in the fields of both public opinion and political communication."--Canadian Journal of Political Science

Introduction: The State of the Art
Historical Tensions in the Concept of Public Opinionp. 3
Public Opinion and Rationalityp. 33
Levels of Analysis in Public Opinion Researchp. 55
On the Disappearance of Groups: 19th- and Early 20th-Century Conceptions of Public Opinionp. 89
The Industry of Public Opinionp. 105
The Press and the Illusion of Public Opinion: The Strange Case of Ronald Reagan's "Popularity"p. 132
Propaganda and the Technological Systemp. 156
Social-Psychological Perspectives on Public Opinionp. 177
The Cognitive Revolution in Public Opinion and Communication Researchp. 217
Opinions, Perception, and Social Realityp. 249
Issues in the News and the Public Agenda: The Agenda-Setting Traditionp. 281
Conflict, Consensus, and Public Opinionp. 301
Origins and Consequences of Mediated Public Opinionp. 323
Making News and Manufacturing Consent: The Journalistic Narrative and Its Audiencep. 348
The Press, Public Opinion, and Public Discoursep. 373
The Influence of Rationality Claims on Public Opinion and Policyp. 403
Public Opinion as Public Judgmentp. 417
The Politics of Polling and the Limits of Consentp. 437
Author Indexp. 459
Subject Indexp. 471
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ISBN: 9780898624991
ISBN-10: 0898624991
Series: Guilford Communication Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 475
Published: 22nd April 1995
Publisher: GUILFORD PUBN
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.01 x 15.44  x 2.79
Weight (kg): 0.67