Public Opinion: Developments and Controversies in the Twentieth Century

Public Opinion: Developments and Controversies in the Twentieth Century

by Slavko Splichal
     
 

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

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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 'spiral of silence' 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.

Editorial Reviews

Journal Of Communication
A thorough treatment of normative issues that lend themselves well to graduate seminar discussions or provide the basis of points raised in undergraduate lectures. The book's theoretical bent also makes it easy to apply the study of public opinion to a number of societies, including emerging democracies. Public Opinion promises to broaden and challenge our perspectives of the field.
European Journal Of Communication
The book stands alone as a comprehensive insight into theories of public opinion in the 20th century. This is a thought-provoking book that ought to find a place on all communication scholars' bookshelves.
International Journal Of Public Opinion Research
Salvko Splichal has done a wonderful job of remapping the intellectual history of public opinion. This is a remarkable contribution that deserves the widest possible readership among those concerned with the concepts underpinning the field of opinion research.
John D. Peters
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.
Journal of Communication
A thorough treatment of normative issues that lend themselves well to graduate seminar discussions or provide the basis of points raised in undergraduate lectures. The book's theoretical bent also makes it easy to apply the study of public opinion to a number of societies, including emerging democracies. Public Opinion promises to broaden and challenge our perspectives of the field.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847691623
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
08/28/1999
Series:
Critical Media Studies: Institutions, Politics, and Culture Series
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.22(w) x 9.24(h) x 1.02(d)

Meet the Author

Slavko Splichal is professor of mass communications and public opinion at the University of Ljubjana and director of the European Institute for Communication and Culture.

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