Rethinking the public

Innovations in research, theory and politics

Edited by Nick Mahony, Janet Newman, and Clive Barnett

Rethinking the public

Edited by Nick Mahony, Janet Newman, and Clive Barnett

Distributed for Bristol University Press

188 pages
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9781847424167 Published June 2010 For sale in North and South America only
This book rethinks the public, public communication and public action in a globalising and mediated world. It develops novel theoretical perspectives for investigating the formation of publics, focusing on four overlapping processes: claiming publics; personalising publics; mediating publics; and becoming public.Using fascinating case studies, Rethinking the public offers a rich set of methodological resources on which other researchers can draw and foregrounds the need to interrogate the boundaries between theory, research and politics. It is ideal reading for higher level undergraduate and masters programmes in politics, geography, public policy, sociology, social policy, public administration and cultural studies.
Introduction: Rethinking the public ~ Nick Mahony, Janet Newman and Clive Barnett

Mediating the publics of public participation experiments ~ Nick Mahony

Going public? Articulations of the personal and political on ~ Richenda Gambles

Digitising and visualising: old media, new media and the pursuit of emerging urban publics ~ Scott Rodgers

Mediating publics in colonial Delhi ~ Gurpreet Bhasin

Public and private on the housing estate: small community groups, activism and local officials ~ Eleanor Jupp

Whose education? Disentangling publics, persons and citizens ~ Jessica Pykett

Fishing for the public interest: making and representing publics in North Sea fisheries governance reforms ~ Liza Griffin

De-naming the beast: the global call to action against poverty and its multiple forms of publicness ~ Clive Gabay

Paradoxical publicness: becoming-imperceptible with the Brazilian lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender movement ~ J. Simon Hutta

Conclusion: emergent publics ~ Nick Mahony, Janet Newman and Clive Barnett
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