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This book explores the ways that scholars, journalists, politicians, and citizens conceive of andldquo;the publicandrdquo; or andldquo;public life,andrdquo; and how those entities are defined and invented. For decades, scholars have used the metaphors of spheres, systems, webs, or networks to talk about, describe, and map various practices. This volume proposes a new metaphorandmdash;modalitiesandmdash;to suggest that publics are forever in flux, and much more fluid and dynamic than the static models of systems or spheres would indicateandmdash;especially in the digital age, where various publics rapidly evolve and dissipate.
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Contributors to the volumeandmdash;employing approaches from the fields of communication studies, English, sociology, psychology, and historyandmdash;explore a broad range of texts and artifacts that give rise to publics, and discuss what they reveal about conceptualizations of social space. By focusing on process in public engagement, these scholars highlight questions of how people advance their interests and identities, and how they adapt to situational constraints.
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Bringing together scholars in rhetorical, cultural, and media studies, this collection of new case studies illustrates a modalities approach to the study of publics. These case studies explore the implications of different ways of forming publics, including alternative means of expression (protests, culture jamming); the intersection of politics and consumerism (how people express their identities and interests through their consumer behavior); and online engagement (blogs as increasingly important public fora). In doing so, they raise important questions of access, community, and political efficacy.

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Bringing together scholars in rhetorical, cultural, and media studies, this collection of new case studies illustrates a modalities approach to the study of publics. These case studies explore the implications of different ways of forming publics, including alternative means of expression (protests, culture jamming); the intersection of politics and consumerism (how people express their identities and interests through their consumer behavior); and online engagement (blogs as increasingly important public fora). In doing so, they raise important questions of access, community, and political efficacy.

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“The quality of the scholarship in this book is terrific. . . .[It] has the sort of unified vision a good scholarly volume requires, much like Brouwer and Asen’s earlier counterpublics volume, which, to my mind, has become a classic in rhetorical studies.”
—James Arnt Aune, author of Rhetoric and Marxism and Selling the Free Market: The Rhetoric of Economic Correctness
“This book features the work of some genuinely creative and brilliant scholars. . . [It] will indeed make a significant contribution to the field. . . . There is no other work like [it] available to those of us who think, write, and teach about publics and their manifestations in society today.”
—Dana L. Cloud, author of Control and Consolation in American Politics and Culture: Rhetorics of Therapy

Product Details

ISBN:
9780817316938
Author:
Brouwer, Daniel C.
Publisher:
University Alabama Press
Editor:
Asen, Robert
Contribution by:
Pezzullo, Phaedra Carmen
Contribution:
Pezzullo, Phaedra Carmen
Author:
Pezzullo, Phaedra Carmen
Author:
Sloop, John M.
Author:
Watts, Eric King
Author:
Shugart, Helene A
Author:
Gunn, Joshua
Author:
Asen, Robert
Author:
Smith, Dale M.
Author:
Depoe, Stephen
Author:
Howard, Robert Glenn
Author:
Smith, Dale
Author:
McKinnon, Sara L.
Author:
Hegde, Radha S.
Subject:
Politics and culture -- United States.
Subject:
Mass media -- Social aspects -- United States.
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Communication Studies
Subject:
Communication
Subject:
Intercultural Communications-General
Edition Description:
1st Edition
Series:
Albma Rhetoric Cult and Soc Crit
Publication Date:
20100431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Bringing together scholars in rhetorical, cultural, and media studies, this collection of new case studies illustrates a modalities approach to the study of publics. These case studies explore the implications of different ways of forming publics, including alternative means of expression (protests, culture jamming); the intersection of politics and consumerism (how people express their identities and interests through their consumer behavior); and online engagement (blogs as increasingly important public fora). In doing so, they raise important questions of access, community, and political efficacy.

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