Public Opinion and the Communication of Consent

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Theodore Lewis Glasser, Charles T. Salmon
Guilford Press, 1995 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 475 pages
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Public Opinion and the Communication of Consent 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.Written by leading thinkers in the field, some of the work's chapters offer state-of-the-art reviews of research findings, while others are scholarly treatises on some aspect of communication, public opinion, and society. Topics covered include: The nature and institutions of public opinion; the influence of media on public opinion; social and psychological contexts of public opinion; the role public opinion assessment plays in a democratic society.
 

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Contents

Historical Tensions in the Concept of Public Opinion
xix
Public Opinion and Rationality
15
Levels of Analysis in Public Opinion Research
37
THE INSTITUTION OF PUBLIC OPINION
69
On the Disappearance of Groups 19th and Early 20thCentury Conceptions of Public Opinion
71
The Industry of Public Opinion
87
The Press and the Illusion of Public Opinion The Strange Case of Ronald Reagans Popularity
114
Propaganda and the Technological System
138
THE MEDIA OF COMMUNICATION AND THE OPINIONS OF PUBLICS
261
Issues in the News and the Public Agenda The AgendaSetting Tradition
263
Conflict Consensus and Public Opinion
283
Origins and Consequences of Mediated Public Opinion
305
Making News and Manufacturing Consent The Journalistic Narrative and Its Audience
330
PUBLIC OPINION AND THE PROMISE OF DEMOCRACY
353
The Press Public Opinion and Public Discourse
355
The Influence of Rationality Claims on Public Opinion and Policy
385

SOCIAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL CONTEXTS FOR PUBLIC OPINION
157
SocialPsychological Perspectives on Public Opinion
159
The Cognitive Revolution in Public Opinion and Communication Research
199
Opinions Perception and Social Reality
231
Public Opinion as Public Judgment
399
The Politics of Polling and the Limits of Consent
419
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About the author (1995)

Theodore L. Glasser is professor of communication and director of the Graduate Program in Journalism at Stanford University. His work has appeared in a variety of publications, including Critical Studies in Mass Communication, Journal of Communication, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Nieman Reports, The Quill, and The New York Times Book Review. Custodians of Conscience: Investigative Journalism and Public Virtue, written with James Ettema, was published in 1998 by Columbia University Press.

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