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Matters of Opinion: Talking About Public Issues, Greg Myers
1 Matters of Opinion: Talking About Public Issues

Greg Myers

Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 2004, 0-521-79312-2 / 9780521793124, First Edition, Hard Cover, New, New, 228 x 152 Mm 
Matters of Opinion offers an interesting new insight into Ďpublic 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 donít 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 thatís 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. 012784

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