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Discursive arenas: deliberation and the constitution of identity in public participation at local level

Barnes, Marian; Newman, Janet and Sullivan, Helen (2006). Discursive arenas: deliberation and the constitution of identity in public participation at local level. Social Movement Studies, 5(3) pp. 193–207.

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This article is based on empirical research into public participation in two English cities. It discusses issues related to motivations to take part in public participation initiatives and the way in which individual and collective identities may be constructed through participation. Drawing on social movement theory it emphasises the importance both of networks and values in prompting participation and it illustrates this with examples drawn from participation initiatives based around identities: age, gender, ethnicity, and issues/interests such as health inequalities, community regeneration and social care service provision. The analysis suggests it is important to understand the histories and motivations of officials as well as citizens who take part, and questions the priority given to 'representation' in constituting the membership of participation forums.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2006 Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1474-2837
Keywords: activist motivations; networks; oppositional consciousness; participative democracy; representation
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Social Policy and Criminology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 17470
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Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2009 10:25
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2010 10:37
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