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2011 - American Sociological Association Annual Meeting Pages: unavailable || Words: 5602 words || 
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1. Laurison, Daniel. "Where Public Opinion Does (Not) Exist: The Distribution of Opinions (and Non-Opinions) in Social Space" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, NV, Aug 20, 2011 Online <PDF>. 2019-11-20 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p506833_index.html>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: This paper takes the 2006 GSS and uses it to, first, map a representation of social space – i.e. the space of social characteristics that structure agents’ ways of seeing the world, and second, to explore the distribution of political opinions within that space. In doing so, it offers a way of “picturing” American public opinion that addresses some of the criticisms often levied against quantitative accounts of attitudes and beliefs. Drawing on Pierre Bourdieu and using Multiple Correspondence Analysis techniques (MCA), a subset of Geometric Data Analysis tools (GDA), it is possible to incorporate non-opinions into the analysis, to inductively identify relationships between “independent” social-structural variables and “dependent” opinion ones, and to see the “effects” of social inequality on the types of opinions expressed as well as their content.
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