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Publics, Politics and Power explores the emergence of new forms, sites, and practices of publicness and the implications for public services. It examines the remaking of the public in the context of new formations of the nation, where issues of migration, diversity, and faith challenge traditional forms of solidarity and citizenship. It traces the emergence of hybrid organizational forms and new strategies for governing publics and public services. It suggests some of the ways in which the public domain is being recast around notions of civil society, community, and populist participatory politics.

Remaking Citizens: Transformation and Activation
Remaking citizens: Transformation and activation

Many of the processes of remaking publicness work on, and through, citizenship, changing its character, conditions and consequences. Citizenship occupies a central place in these processes because it articulates formations of nation, state and the liberal public sphere; the three core elements of the discursive chains of publicness with whose unsettling we began. As national formations are disturbed, as the state is decentred as a site of publicness, and as the established orientations of a liberal public sphere become contested, we should not be surprised to see citizenship being revised and reworked into new configurations. Citizenship condenses a variety of political, governmental and cultural projects: those that seek to restore national identity and belonging as well ...

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