Conclusion: emergent publics

Nick Mahony, Janet Newman and Clive Barnett

in Rethinking the public

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9781847424167
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303275 | DOI:
Conclusion: emergent publics

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This concluding chapter revisits the four themes introduced in the beginning – those of personalising, representing, mediating, and becoming – and assesses what the book as a whole contributes to the project of ‘rethinking the public’. The spatial imaginaries of publicness and public action are, it suggests, being reconfigured. Questions of identity and belonging, difference and diversity, and citizenship and cohesion continue to offer competing images and claims of public legitimacy.

Keywords: public mediation; public representation; public legitimacy; personalising publics; emergent publics

Chapter.  5285 words. 

Subjects: Organizations

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