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Nick Mahony, Janet Newman, and Clive Barnett

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781847424167

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847424167.001.0001

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Conclusion: emergent publics

Conclusion: emergent publics

(p.162) (p.163) Eleven Conclusion: emergent publics
Rethinking the public

Nick Mahony

Janet Newman

Clive Barnett

Policy Press

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

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