Departmental Papers (ASC)

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

2006

Publication Source

Political Communication

Volume

23

Issue

3

Start Page

263

Last Page

270

DOI

10.1080/10584600600808711

Abstract

Gabriel Tarde (l843–1904) is thought to have “lost” his debates with Durkheim by insisting that sociology ought to occupy itself with observable interpersonal processes. Given contemporary interest in such processes—much abetted by the computer—Tarde’s reputation is being rehabilitated. Terry Clark (1969) was first to notice that Tarde (1898) had anticipated Lazarzfeld’s two-step flow of communication. Tarde’s work has bearing on social networks, interpersonal influence, diffusion of innovation, and the aggregation of public opinion.

Copyright/Permission Statement

This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Political Communication, 2006, © Taylor & Francis, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/10584600600808711.

 

Date Posted: 19 April 2011

This document has been peer reviewed.