Publics and Counterpublics

Author: Michael Warner
Publisher: Zone Books (NY)
ISBN: 1890951293
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Social Science

An investigation of how the idea of a public as a central fiction of modern life informs our literature, politics, and culture.

Cityscapes of Violence in Karachi

Author: Nichola Khan
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780190869786
Release Date: 2017-07-15
Genre: Political Science

Karachi is a city framed in the popular imagination by violence, be it criminality and gangsterism or political factionalism. That perception also dominates literary, cinematic and scholarly representations and discussions of this great metropolis. By commenting in different ways on the trials and tribulations of Karachi and Pakistan, the contributors to this innovative book on the city build on past writings to say something new or different -- to make their reader re-think how they understand the processes at work in this vast urban space. They scrutinise Karachi's diverse neighborhoods to show how violence is manifested locally and citywide into protest drinking, social and religious movements, class and cosmopolitanism, gang wars, and how it affects the fractured lives of militants and journalists, among others. Oral history and memoir feature strongly in the volume as do insights gleaned from anthropology and political science

Organic Public Engagement

Author: Adam S. Lerner
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9783319643977
Release Date: 2017-10-03
Genre: Social Science

This book advances organic public engagement methods based on ecological thinking. The authors draw on rich multi-disciplinary literature in ecological thinking as well as research from public engagement with science events held over the past several years across the United States. Through this combination of ecology theory and case studies, this book provides both the conceptual foundations and the proven practical applications of public engagement grounded in ecological thinking. It offers engagement scholars an effective and efficient means of carrying out their missions, while simultaneously building a more ecologically valid method for studying actually existing publics.

Feminist Media History

Author: M. DiCenzo
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9780230299078
Release Date: 2010-11-24
Genre: History

Highlighting the contributions of feminist media history to media studies and related disciplines, this book focuses on feminist periodicals emerging from or reacting to the Edwardian suffrage campaign and situates them in the context of current debates about the public sphere, social movements, and media history.

What Democracy Looks Like

Author: Christina R. Foust
Publisher: University of Alabama Press
ISBN: 9780817358938
Release Date: 2017-05-16
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

What Democracy Looks Like is a compelling and timely collection which combines two distinct but related theories in rhetoric and communication studies, while also exploring theories and ideas espoused by those in sociology, political science, and cultural studies. Recent protests around the world (such as the Arab Spring uprisings and Occupy Wall Street movements) have drawn renewed interest to the study of social change and, especially, to the manner in which words, images, events, and ideas associated with protestors can “move the social.” What Democracy Looks Like is an attempt to foster a more coherent understanding of social change among scholars of rhetoric and communication studies by juxtaposing the ideas of social movements and counterpublics—historically two key factors significant in the study of social change. Foust, Pason, and Zittlow Rogness’s volume compiles the voices of leading and new scholars who are contributing to the history, application, and new directions of these two concepts, all in conversation with a number of acts of resistance or social change. The theories of social movements and counterpublics are related, but distinct. Social movement theories tend to be concerned with enacting policy and legislative changes. Scholars flying this flag have concentrated on the organization and language (for example, rallies and speeches) that are meant to enact social change. Counterpublic theory, on the other hand, focuses less on policy changes and more on the unequal distribution of power and resources among different protest groups, which is sometimes synonymous with subordinated identity groups such as race, gender, sexuality, and class. Nonetheless, contributors argue that in recent years the distinctions between these two methods have become less evident. By putting the literatures of the two theories in conversation with one another, these scholars seek to promote and imagine social change outside the typical binaries.

After the Public Turn

Author: Frank Farmer
Publisher: University Press of Colorado
ISBN: 9781457184208
Release Date: 2013-04-15
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

In After the Public Turn, author Frank Farmer argues that counterpublics and the people who make counterpublics—“citizen bricoleurs”—deserve a more prominent role in our scholarship and in our classrooms. Encouraging students to understand and consider resistant or oppositional discourse is a viable route toward mature participation as citizens in a democracy. Farmer examines two very different kinds of publics, cultural and disciplinary, and discusses two counterpublics within those broad categories: zine discourses and certain academic discourses. By juxtaposing these two significantly different kinds of publics, Farmer suggests that each discursive world can be seen, in its own distinct way, as a counterpublic, an oppositional social formation that has a stake in widening or altering public life as we know it. Drawing on major figures in rhetoric and cultural theory, Farmer builds his argument about composition teaching and its relation to the public sphere, leading to a more sophisticated understanding of public life and a deeper sense of what democratic citizenship means for our time.

Cultures of Democracy in Serbia and Bulgaria

Author: Dr James Dawson
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 9781472443106
Release Date: 2014-12-28
Genre: Political Science

At a time when some EU member states are attracting attention for the rise to power of illiberal, anti-democratic political movements, this book’s analytical focus on ideas and identities helps explain why institutional progress is not necessarily reflected in the formation of liberal, democratic publics. Starting from the premise that citizens can only uphold the institutions of liberal democracy when they understand and identify with the principles enshrined in them, the author applies normative public sphere theory to the analysis of political discourse and everyday discussion in Serbia and Bulgaria. From this perspective, the Serbian public sphere is observed to be more contested, pluralist and, at the margins, liberal than that of Bulgaria. Considering that Bulgaria has been a full EU member since 2007 while Serbia remains stuck in the waiting room, it is argued that democratic cultures are not shaped by elite-led drives to meet institutional criteria but rather by the spread of ideas through politics, the media and the discussions of citizens. Moving beyond the narrow focus on institutions that currently prevails in studies of democratization, this book demonstrates the value of a more ethnographic and society-oriented approach.

Understanding Community Media

Author: Kevin Howley
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 9781483342856
Release Date: 2009-09-11
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

A text that reveals the value and significance of community media in an era of global communication With contributions from an international team of well-known experts, media activists, and promising young scholars, this comprehensive volume examines community-based media from theoretical, empirical, and practical perspectives. More than 30 original essays provide an incisive and timely analysis of the relationships between media and society, technology and culture, and communication and community. Key Features Provides vivid examples of community and alternative media initiatives from around the world Explores a wide range of media institutions, forms, and practices—community radio, participatory video, street newspapers, Independent Media Centers, and community informatics Offers cutting-edge analysis of community and alternative media with original essays from new, emerging, and established voices in the field Takes a multidimensional approach to community media studies by highlighting the social, economic, cultural, and political significance of alternative, independent, and community-oriented media organizations Enters the ongoing debates regarding the theory and practice of community media in a comprehensive and engaging fashion Intended Audience This core text is designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses such as Community Media, Alternative Media, Media & Social Change, Communication & Culture, and Participatory Communication in the departments of communication, media studies, sociology, and cultural studies.

Struggle Over Identity

Author: Nelly Bekus
Publisher: Central European University Press
ISBN: 9789639776685
Release Date: 2010
Genre: History

The monograph describes how the ethno-symbolic nation of the Belarusian nationalists, based on the cultural capital of the Golden Age of the Belarusian past (17th century) competes with the `nation' institutionalized and reified by the numerous civic rituals and social practices under the auspices of the actual post-Soviet Belarusian state. Comparing the two concepts not only provides understanding of the logic that dominates Belarusian society's self-description models, but also enables us to evaluate the chances of alternative Belarusianness to win this unequal struggle over identity. "Nelly Bekus' book adds appreciably to the debate about Belarusian identity. Her highly original and thoughtful study enhances our current understanding of the contemporary state led by President Alyaksandr Lukashenka since 1994. Provocative and yet dispassionate, the book should appeal to all interested in nation building two decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union." David R. Marples, Distinguished University Professor, University of Alberta, Canada

Counterpublics and the State

Author: Robert Asen
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 0791451615
Release Date: 2001-09-27
Genre: Social Science

Explores antagonistic encounters between people, both individuals and groups, and governments.

ffentliche Sozialforschung und Verantwortung f r die Praxis

Author: Kai Unzicker
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 9783531942216
Release Date: 2012-08-14
Genre: Social Science

Worin besteht die Relevanz von Sozialforschung? Wie ist das Verhältnis von Wissenschaft und Praxis? Seit einigen Jahren werden diese Fragen im englischsprachigen Raum unter dem Stichwort Public Sociology diskutiert. Der vorliegende Band greift diese Debatte auf und verbindet sie mit den in Deutschland etablierten Diskussionen über Anwendungsorientierung und Verwendung. Er stellt theoretisch-programmatische Ansätze vor, die die Rolle von Sozialforschung für gesellschaftliche Innovationen, nachhaltige Entwicklung und ihre Verantwortung für die Praxis betonen. Er präsentiert ferner Forschungsergebnisse zum Verhältnis von Wissenschaft und Praxis, die die Interaktionsprozesse in den Blick nehmen und die Bedingungen und Grenzen von Verständigung thematisieren. Nicht zuletzt werden Perspektiven von ‚Grenzgängern’ eingeholt, die die Rolle von Sozialforschung in praktischen Handlungskontexten aufzeigen; hier kommt auch das Thema Begleitforschung und Evaluation in den Blick. Insgesamt versammelt der Band verschiedene Ansätze zum Wissenschaft-Praxisverhältnis von Sozialforschung und bietet einen Überblick über aktuelle Positionen und Problemlagen.

Film and Urban Space Critical Possibilities

Author: Geraldine Pratt
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 9780748678143
Release Date: 2014-06-30
Genre: Performing Arts

How are the political possibilities of film related to urban space? What are the ethical implications of representing urban space on film? How does the use of urban space help to theorise film? Film and Urban Space: Critical Possibilities traces recurring debates about what constitutes film's political potential and argues that the relation between film and urban space has been crucial to these debates and their historical transformations. The book demonstrates that in the attempt to follow certain prescriptions - shooting on location, disrupting normalizing time, experimenting with memory, interlinking the spaces of screen and cinema - films invariably use the relation between film and urban space as a kind of laboratory, testing anew received prescriptions but invariably encountering new opportunities and new limits. A wide range of key films, from Dziga Vertov's 1928 Man with a Movie Camera to Jia Zhangke's 2008 24 City, are discussed in depth, each offering an argument for how the encounter between specific manifestations of modern urban space and politically engaged film strategies has served to challenge the status quo and stimulate critical thinking.

Discourse and Discrimination

Author: Martin Reisigl
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781134579570
Release Date: 2005-08-18
Genre: Foreign Language Study

Discourse and Discrimination is a study of how racism, antisemitism and ethnicism are reflected in discourse. The authors first survey five established discourse analysis approaches before providing their own model and three case-studies. Drawing on a wide range of sources, they question why racism and anti-Semitism are still virulent worldwide.

Japanese Cybercultures

Author: Nanette Gottlieb
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781134467631
Release Date: 2003-08-29
Genre: History

Japan is rightly regarded as one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world, yet the development and deployment of Internet technology in Japan has taken a different trajectory compared with Western nations. This is the first book to look at the specific dynamics of Japanese Internet use. It examines the crucial questions: * how the Japanese are using the Internet: from the prevalence of access via portable devices, to the fashion culture of mobile phones * how Japan's "cute culture" has colonized cyberspace * the role of the Internet in different musical subcultures * how different men's and women's groups have embraced technology to highlight problems of harassment and bullying * the social, cultural and political impacts of the Internet on Japanese society * how marginalized groups in Japanese society - gay men, those living with AIDS, members of new religious groups and Japan's hereditary sub-caste, the Burakumin - are challenging the mainstream by using the Internet. Examined from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives, using a broad range of case-studies, this is an exciting and genuinely cutting-edge book which breaks new ground in Japanese studies and will be of value to anyone interested in Japanese culture, the Internet and cyberculture.