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

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

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(p.75) Six Public and private on the housing estate: small community groups, activism and local officials
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Rethinking the public
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Eleanor Jupp

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847424167.003.0006

This chapter presents an enthnographic study of community activism in the UK, showing how local women and officials mediated the governmental turn to ‘community’ through their work with teenagers and their families. It situates the analysis in feminist critiques of the public/private dichotomy, suggesting how the changing context produces reconfigurations of public/private, male/female, and state/citizen in the ‘contact zones’ and ‘liminal spaces’ worked by local activists.

Keywords:   community activism, UK, ethnography study, public mediation, feminist critiques

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