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The series works in the classical tradition of social theory. In this view, theory is the historically informed framing of intellectual problems about concrete social issues and the resolution of those problems through the analysis of empirical data.
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Classic and modern essays trace the origins, ethos, and workings of modern propaganda and explore the social and institutional groundwork of propaganda. They examine propaganda from the Great War to the Cold War, focusing on organizations such as the Committee on Public Information and the Nazi propaganda machine, and Hollywood propaganda films during WWII. They discuss bureaucratic propaganda, advertising, public relations, and politics and language in contemporary society. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814741979
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1994
  • Series: Main Trends of the Modern World Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 449
  • Product dimensions: 5.45 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Jackallis Wilmott Professor of Sociology and Social Thought at Williams College. His most recent book is Moral Mazes: The World of Corporate Managers.

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Table of Contents

Series Preface
Introduction 1
1 Propaganda 13
2 The Rise of Public Opinion 26
3 The Phantom Public 47
4 Towards a Sociology of Expertness 54
5 The Mass Society 74
6 The Machinery of Propaganda 105
7 America's First Propaganda Ministry: The Committee on Public Information During the Great War 137
8 The State and Propaganda 174
9 Goebbels' Principles of Propaganda 190
10 How to Detect Propaganda 217
11 Theater of War: American Propaganda Films During the Second World War 225
12 Mass Persuasion: A Technical Problem and a Moral Dilemma 260
13 The Cold War System of Emotion Management: Mobilizing the Home Front for the Third World War 275
14 Bureaucratic Propaganda: The Case of Battle Efficiency Reports 299
15 Making Products Heroes: Work in Advertising Agencies 329
16 The Magic Lantern: The World of Public Relations 351
17 The Persuasive Function of Slogans 400
18 Politics and the English Language 423
Acknowledgements 438
Notes on the Contributors 440
Index 442
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