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Rethinking the public: Innovations in research, theory and politics

Nick Mahony, Janet Newman, and Clive Barnett


This book rethinks the public, public communication, and public action in a globalising and mediated world. It develops theoretical perspectives for investigating the formation of publics, focusing on four overlapping processes: claiming publics; personalising publics; mediating publics; and becoming public. Using case studies, the book offers a set of methodological resources on which other researchers can draw, and foregrounds the need to interrogate the boundaries between theory, research, and politics.

Keywords: public communication, public action, globalisation, claiming publics, personalising publics, mediating publics, becoming public, case studies, methodological resources

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9781847424167
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847424167.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nick Mahony, editor

Janet Newman, editor

Clive Barnett, editor

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