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Alliances, contention and oppositional consciousness: can public participation generate subversion?

Marian Barnes

in Subversive citizens

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9781847422088
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303619 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847422088.003.0003
Alliances, contention and oppositional consciousness: can public participation generate subversion?

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This chapter deals with the potential of participative spaces in which alliances may be built and the ‘citizen-official’ binary may be undermined. It addresses the way in which participatory forums can enable the construction and reconstruction of individual and collective identities of both citizens and officials, and thus hold the potential for undermining or subverting assumptions about both identity and expertise. The chapter examines the notions of expertise and of ‘responsible citizens’ in this context, and offers a perspective on the exercise of power and agency within forums that are increasingly seen to be central to the delivery of public policy objectives in the UK.

Keywords: UK; participatory forums; collective identities; citizen-official; public policy

Chapter.  6416 words. 

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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