The Domesticated Public

Dipankar Gupta


Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780195674330
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081820 | DOI:
The Domesticated Public

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The significance of the public for the making of modernity, and its inherent alienation from past interactive nexuses is frequently neglected. The specifics of the public-private distinction that exist in modern societies are discussed. The absence of clear universal rules in pre-modern societies consistently blocked the development of intersubjectivity. The features of the modern understanding of the public and the private are explained. An important characteristic of modern times is the mutual interpenetration of the public and the private. Intersubjectivity takes leave of the past and of all the considerations that went into the making of traditional community-oriented ‘inter-ego’ relations. Sport discloses some of the features of what is understood by the term ‘public’, and helps in understanding the singular features of modernity. Intersubjectivity is not benevolence, as it is an inbuilt consideration that, at bottom, others are ethical equals.

Keywords: modernity; public; private; intersubjectivity; sport

Chapter.  12246 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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