Matters of Opinion: Talking About Public Issues

Matters of Opinion: Talking About Public Issues

by Greg Myers
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521793122

ISBN-13: 9780521793124

Pub. Date: 01/15/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Where do opinions actually come from? Drawing on the analysis of conversations from focus groups, phone-ins and broadcast interviews, Greg Myers argues that members of the public use opinions in order to get along with other people, and demonstrates that how they say things is just as important as what they say. This book clarifies the current debate on the nature

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Where do opinions actually come from? Drawing on the analysis of conversations from focus groups, phone-ins and broadcast interviews, Greg Myers argues that members of the public use opinions in order to get along with other people, and demonstrates that how they say things is just as important as what they say. This book clarifies the current debate on the nature of the public's participation in conversation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521793124
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/15/2005
Series:
Studies in Interactional Sociolinguistics Series, #19
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Transcription conventions; Focus-group data; 1. Paradoxes of opinion; 2. A tool kit for analysing group discussions; 3. Forums for opinion: 'what is it that's going on here?'; 4. Institutions of opinion: voice of the people?; 5. Topics in interaction: 'why that now?'; 6. Agreeing and disagreeing: maintaining sociable argument; 7. Representing speech: other voices, other places; 8. Questioning expertise: who says?; 9. Radio phone-ins: mediated sociable arguments; 10. Vox pop television interviews: constructing the public; 11. Opinions as talk; References; Index.

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