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The public realm refers to all aspects of society and the social world that are not exclusively private (e.g., private property, private life). As a result, the public realm is composed of multiple overlapping dimensions that have each given rise to distinct theories and modes of investigation, often within the boundaries of specific academic disciplines. Geographers examine the spatial dimensions of the public realm by exploring the built and virtual environments as places for public life to play out. Political philosophers conceive of the political public realm more abstractly as the discursive space where the state and civil society are enacted, reproduced, and negotiated. The economic public realm, which includes the valuation of public goods and the management of public finances, is the concern ...

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