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Making democracy spectacular

Mahony, Nick (2010). Making democracy spectacular. Representation, 46(3) pp. 339–352.

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Spectacular forms of politics are proliferating and a reappraisal of political spectacle is underway. This article intervenes in debates about the constitution and value of contemporary spectacles by analysing how three, ostensibly very different, governmental, popular media and social movement participative experiments were set up and enacted. To explore the public value of making democracy spectacular, the article considers some of the fraught (but not always insidious) ways these participative events tested-out novel forms of democratic practice.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2010 Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1749-4001
Keywords: spectacle; politics; democracy; participation; experimentation; publics; government; social movements; popular media
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Politics and International Studies
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 23215
Depositing User: Nick Mahony
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2010 13:26
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2012 15:15
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