THE PRACTICE OF OPINION POLLING AS A DISCIPLINARY MECHANISM: A FOUCAULDIAN PERSPECTIVE

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International Journal of Public Opinion Research

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references Michel Foucault on 2/22/2020, 3:06:28 AM

references Discipline and Punish on 2/22/2020, 3:06:28 AM

excerpt In the twentieth century, this goal is enhanced, in part, by opinion polls. The government, as well as interest groups and organizations, can commission polls which will reveal the public's opinions, attitudes, needs and desires with respect to a particular issue. Once the information is collected and analysed, it can be considered and acted upon. 230 on 2/22/2020, 3:07:45 AM

excerpt Polling the public's opinion makes the public continuously visible; it becomes an object of knowledge and observation. It does not matter who commissioned the poll, or who the pollster is. The fact is that they all have the power to observe the public at any given time. The public cannot escape categorization, and therefore, cannot escape power. on 2/22/2020, 3:09:51 AM