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Talking politics, William A. Gamson

Label
Talking politics
Title
Talking politics
Statement of responsibility
William A. Gamson
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Those who analyze public opinion have long contended that the average citizen is incapable of recounting consistently even the most rudimentary facts about current politics; that the little the average person does know is taken at face value from the media reports, and that the consequence is a polity that is ill-prepared for democratic governance. Yet social movements, comprised by and large of average citizens who have become exercised about particular issues, have been a prominent feature of the American political scene throughout American history and they are experiencing a resurgence in recent years. William Gamson asks the question, how is it that so many people become active in movements if people are so generally uninterested and badly informed about issues? The conclusion he reaches in this book is a striking refutation of the common wisdom about the public's ability to reason about politics. Rather than relying on survey data, as so many studies of public opinion do, Gamson reports on his analysis of discussions among small groups of working-class people on four controversial issues: affirmative action, nuclear power, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the troubles in American industry. Excerpts from many of these discussions are transcribed in the book.--Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gamson, William A
Dewey number
303.38
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Public opinion
  • Working class
  • Political participation
  • Social movements
Label
Talking politics, William A. Gamson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-266) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
List of figures and tables Preface 1. Political consciousness 2. Conversations and media discourse Part I. Collective Action Frames: 3. Injustoce 4. Agency 5. Identity 6. Talk and action Part II. How People Negotiate Meaning: 7. Media, popular wisdom, and experience 8. Cultural resonances 9. Proximity and engagement 10. Developing political consciousness Appendices Notes References Index
Control code
FIEb10634241
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiv, 272 pages
Isbn
9780521430623
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • 3448065
  • (DLC)92000766
  • (OCoLC)25200464
Label
Talking politics, William A. Gamson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-266) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
List of figures and tables Preface 1. Political consciousness 2. Conversations and media discourse Part I. Collective Action Frames: 3. Injustoce 4. Agency 5. Identity 6. Talk and action Part II. How People Negotiate Meaning: 7. Media, popular wisdom, and experience 8. Cultural resonances 9. Proximity and engagement 10. Developing political consciousness Appendices Notes References Index
Control code
FIEb10634241
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiv, 272 pages
Isbn
9780521430623
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • 3448065
  • (DLC)92000766
  • (OCoLC)25200464

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