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Public Opinion : Developments and Controversies in the Twentieth Century - Slavko Splichal

Public Opinion

Developments and Controversies in the Twentieth Century

Paperback Published: 28th January 1999
ISBN: 9780847691630
Number Of Pages: 384

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This major work surveys the historical roots, theoretical foundations, and normative claims of 20th-century conceptualizations of public opinion. It reanalyzes leading traditions, such as those of Lippmann, Dewey, and Noelle-Neumann, and reinvents some unjustly ignored ones, such as Toennies, Harrisson, and Wilson. The book critically examines popular modern research strategies such as polling and the Ospiral of silenceO model and looks at the role of mass media in the formation and expression of public opinion. This comprehensive and original treatment is a must for all serious students and scholars of public opinion.

A remarkably thorough and meticulous overview of twentieth-century theories of public opinion, ranging from European to North American, theoretical to empirical, humanities to social-science approaches, Public Opinion makes a key contribution. It has a rare synoptic vision and acquaintance with the diverse literatures of public opinion studies.--John D. Peters, University of Iowa

List of Illustrationsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Publicity, the Public, and Public Opinionp. 1
Public Opinion: The Substance or Phantom of Democracy?p. 53
Public Opinion as a Form of Social Will: Tonnies's Critique of Public Opinionp. 99
Public Opinion and Participation: The Dewey-Lippmann Controversyp. 133
Public Opinion as Panopticon: A Critique of the Spiral of Silencep. 169
Political Institutionalization of Public Opinion: Controversies on Pollingp. 221
Public Opinion and Mass Media: Questions of Democratization and Regulationp. 271
Notesp. 313
Referencesp. 333
Indexp. 351
About the Authorp. 367
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ISBN: 9780847691630
ISBN-10: 0847691632
Series: Critical Media Studies (Paperback)
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 28th January 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 14.83  x 2.21
Weight (kg): 0.48