Matters of Opinion: Talking About Public Issues by Greg MyersMatters of Opinion: Talking About Public Issues by Greg Myers

Matters of Opinion: Talking About Public Issues

byGreg Myers

Paperback | August 28, 2008

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Where do opinions actually come from? Drawing on the analysis of conversations from focus groups, phone-ins and broadcast interviews, Greg Myers argues that members of the public use opinions in order to get along with other people, and demonstrates that how they say things is just as important as what they say. This book clarifies the current debate on the nature of the public's participation in conversation.
Title:Matters of Opinion: Talking About Public IssuesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.63 inPublished:August 28, 2008Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521075793

ISBN - 13:9780521075794

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Transcription conventions; Focus-group data; 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 opinion: voice of the people?; 5. Topics in interaction: 'why that now?'; 6. Agreeing and disagreeing: maintaining sociable argument; 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; References; Index.