Rethinking the Public

Nick Mahony, Janet Newman, and Clive Barnett (eds.). 2010. Rethinking the Public: innovations in research, theory and politics. Policy Press.

This book rethinks the public, public communication and public action in a globalising and mediated world. It develops novel theoretical perspectives for investigating the formation of publics, focusing on four overlapping processes: claiming publics; personalising publics; mediating publics; and becoming public. Using fascinating case studies, Rethinking the Public offers a rich set of methodological resources on which other researchers can draw and foregrounds the need to interrogate the boundaries between theory, research and politics.