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University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC 27599-1350)
Andrew J. Perrin (Project Director: November 2005 to present)

Before the Public Sphere: The Frankfurt School, Public Opinion, and the Group Experiment of 1950

A translation and critical edition of the Frankfurt Institute for Social Research's Gruppenexperiment (Group Experiment). (12 months)

In 1950, members of the Frankfurt School undertook a major research project on residues of Fascism in postwar Germany. Inspired by research methods they had absorbed and practiced during their U.S. exile, yet skeptical of the apparent disappearance of Fascist values indicated by occupation authority opinion polls, the so-called Group Experiment sought to probe opinion statements in focus groups for what the authors called the hidden nonpublic opinion. The Group Experiment formed a crucial link between American survey research and later theories of the public sphere. It also makes a durable contribution to the theory and methodology of public opinion research. We propose a translation and critical edition of the Group Experiment.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Collaborative Research

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$50,000 (approved)
$50,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2006 – 11/30/2008