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Rich DemocraciesPolitical Economy, Public Policy, and Performance$
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Harold Wilensky

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520231764

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520231764.001.0001

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Mass Society, Participation, and the Mass Media

Mass Society, Participation, and the Mass Media

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This chapter examines the relationship between mass society, social participation and the mass media. It reviews research on social participation in the U.S. and the very limited cross-national data on participation and stresses the need for more relevant research on membership and participation in various types of associations. It describes trends in media content and style and provides explanations on the impact of the mass media in culture and politics. It also proposes hypotheses and some data about how different patterns of participation shape consensus and conflict.

Keywords:   mass society, social participation, mass media, U.S., media content, culture, politics, consensus, conflict

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