Improvised News: A Sociological Study of Rumor

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Ardent Media, 1966 - Rumor - 262 pages
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Contents

ALTERNATIVE CONCEPTIONS OF RUMOR
1
THE FAILURE OF FORMAL NEWS CHANNELS
31
PROBLEMSOLVING THROUGH DELIBERATION
63
SUGGESTIBILITY AND BEHAVIORAL CONTAGION
95
THE FORMATION OF POPULAR BELIEFS
129
A SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY OF RUMOR
163
THE POLITICAL MANIPULATION OF RUMOR
185
List of Case Studies
214
Bibliography
229
Index
259
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About the author (1966)

Tamotsu Shibutani is professor of sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of Social Processes: An Introduction to Sociology and Improvised News: A Sociological Study of Rumor, and is the editor of Human Nature and Collective Behavior: Papers in Honor of Herbert Blumer (Transaction, 1973).

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