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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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De-naming the beast: the Global Call to Action against Poverty and its multiple forms of publicness

De-naming the beast: the Global Call to Action against Poverty and its multiple forms of publicness

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(p.126) (p.127) Nine De-naming the beast: the Global Call to Action against Poverty and its multiple forms of publicness
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Rethinking the public
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Clive Gabay

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847424167.003.0009

This chapter takes as its focus global justice struggles and the possibility of progressive politics. Particularly, it focuses on the Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP), which, it suggests, comprises a multiplicity of public actors and objects. The contingent and unfixed qualities of any idea of an emerging global public produces problems of naming and categorising: the process of naming produces a premature fixity that fails to resolve the messiness of the publics who are summoned. The chapter also offers a stringent critique of the ‘unthinking globality’ that closes down any kind of relational and processual analysis.

Keywords:   progressive politics, global justice, naming of publics, GCAP, global publicness

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