Matters of Opinion: Talking About Public Issues

By: Greg Myers

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Matters of Opinion offers an interesting new insight into ‘public opinion’ as reported in the media, asking where these opinions actually come from, and how they have their effects. Drawing on the analysis of conversations from focus groups, phone-ins and broadcast interviews with members of the public, Greg Myers argues that we must go back to these encounters, asking questions such as what members of the public thought they were being asked, who they were talking as, and whom they were talking to. He reveals that people don’t carry a store of opinions, ready to tell strangers; they use opinions in order to get along with other people, and how they say things is as important as what they say. Engaging and informative, this book illuminates current debates on research methods, the public sphere and deliberative democracy, on broadcast talk, and on what it means to participate in public life. • The first detailed discourse analysis of focus groups • Discourse issues such as reported speech and topic control are linked to social issues of belief, agency, trust, and expertise • Interactions are considered within a wider context of broadcast talk, in phone-ins and news Contents 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 public opinion: voice of the people?; 5. Topics in interaction: why that now?; 6. Agreeing and disagreeing: maintaining sociable agreement; 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. Printed Pages: 276.

Title: Matters of Opinion: Talking About Public Issues

Author Name: Greg Myers

Categories: Political Science,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Cambridge, UK, Cambridge University Press: 2004

ISBN: 0521793122

ISBN 13: 9780521793124

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Size: 228 x 152 Mm

Seller ID: 012784

Keywords: Matters of Opinion