Policy making through thick and thin: Thick description as a methodology for communications and democracy

  title={Policy making through thick and thin: Thick description as a methodology for communications and democracy},
  author={Walter B. Thompson},
  journal={Policy Sciences},
This paper proposes the use of anthropologist Clifford Geertz's‘thick description’ as a methodology for communications policymaking. Ethnographies employing thick description give voice to the concernsof ordinary citizens. They also help make policy more accessible, enhancingprospects for meaningful public participation in policy making and, thus,democracy. This is of particular concern in policy making involvingcommunications technology because of the relationship between communicationsand… 

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