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Publicness and commoning: pandemic intersections and collective visions at times of crisis

Georgiou, Myria ORCID: 0000-0001-8771-8469 and Titley, Gavan (2022) Publicness and commoning: pandemic intersections and collective visions at times of crisis. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 25 (3-4). 331 - 348. ISSN 1460-356X

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In this article, we examine publicness during the pandemic, with a particular focus on the conditions it creates or constricts for engagement, solidarity and collective action. We interrogate the intensive publicness of the crisis to reflect on its assumed and established equation with progressive political possibility – transparency, accountability and democratic procedure. Theoretically, we cut into the contemporary ambiguity of publicness by putting it into conceptual dialogue with the idea of commoning, a notion that speaks to the resources and political consequences of coming together, and publicness not as coexistence and speech acts but as a domain of struggle. By considering the intersection of publicness and commoning, we aim to provide one way of thinking about how and when public revelation can be oriented towards material and political change. We propose three lines of examination: publicness without commoning; publicness with contingent commoning; and commoning without publicness.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2022 The Authors
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2021 11:24
Last Modified: 30 May 2022 16:45

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