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Public Narratives Of European Citizenship – The Dialogical Citizen In The European Public Sphere.

Mahendran, Kesi; Jackson, Ima and Kapoor, Anubhuti (2015). Public Narratives Of European Citizenship – The Dialogical Citizen In The European Public Sphere. In: Korkut, Umut; Mahendran, Kesi; Buckan-Knapp, Gregg and Cox, Robert Henry eds. Discursive Governance in Politics, Policy and the Public Sphere. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 147–162.

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This chapter uses the ideational site of European citizenship in contribution to articulating the mechanisms of discursive governance. It focuses on one central challenge, that is, the development of the substantial figure of a dialogical citizen, embodied, relational, dynamic, and compelled to act. Understanding this figure provides one answer to a key question for discursive governance—in what ways do political discourses resonate within some quarters of the public sphere and in others they are resisted? To answer this question, as this book demonstrates, is a matter of the bi-directional mechanisms by which political discourses move between political actors, institutional scaffolding, policy implementation, and the public sphere. Our focus in this chapter relates specifically to examining the different ways the public sphere can be understood. How are publics and their opinions conceptualized or perhaps more critically—how do publics constitute themselves?

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2015 Editorial matter, introduction and selection Umut Korkut, Kesi Mahendran, Gregg Buckan-Knapp and Robert Henry Cox, individual chapters, respective authors
ISBN: 1-137-49577-4, 978-1-137-49577-8
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
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Keywords: European Union citizenship; dialogical self; dialogical analysis; narrative analysis; comparative European politics; EU referendum
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 44074
Depositing User: Kesi Mahendran
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2015 09:47
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 10:34
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