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Public crises, public futures

Mahony, Nick and Clarke, John (2013). Public crises, public futures. Cultural Studies, 27(6) 933-954.

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Abstract

This article begins to map out a novel approach to analyzing contemporary contexts of public crisis, relationships between them and possibilities that these scenes hold out for politics. The article illustrates and analyses a small selection of examples of these kinds of contemporary scenes and calls for greater attention to be given to the conditions and consequences of different forms and practices of public and political mediation. In offering a three-fold typology to delineate differences between ‘abject’, ‘audience’ and ‘agentic’ publics the article begins to draw out how political and public futures may be seen as being bound up with how the potentialities, capacities and qualities that publics are imagined to have and resourced to perform. Public action and future publics are therefore analysed here in relation to different versions of contemporary crisis and the political concerns and publics these crises work to articulate, foreground and imaginatively and practically support.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2013 Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1466-4348
Keywords: crisis; publics; participation; mediation; politics; articulation
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Politics and International Studies
Social Sciences > Social Policy and Criminology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
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Item ID: 34352
Depositing User: Nick Mahony
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2012 08:13
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2014 09:45
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/34352
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