This chapter discusses the remaking of peoples and publics, both as the object of governance and also as the subjects of new forms of agency. It views the social as something defined by its ‘otherness’ to the state and economy, as an entity to be governed, a resource to be mobilised, or the site of social reproduction. It emphasises ways in which new governance relationships and practices may reshape patterns of identity and belonging. It focuses on the remaking of the contested boundary between public and private domains of responsibility and activity, as European welfare states reconfigure benefit entitlements and services. It examines how notions such as ‘the people’, ‘citizenship’, or ‘community’ are being reconstituted in an attempt to form new social settlements that are supposedly suited to the requirements of globalisation.
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