David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Sociological Theory 14 (3):262-289 (1996)
Understanding how citizens create contexts for open-ended political conversation in everyday life is an important task for social research. The lack of theoretical attention to political conversation in the current renaissance of studies of "civil society" and "the public sphere "precludes a thoroughly social understanding of civic life. Participant-observation in U. S. recreational, volunteer, and activist groups shows how the very act of speaking itself comes to mean different things in different civic contexts. It shows dramatic contextual shifts-the more public the context, the less public-spirited the discourse. Institutions encouraged groups to avoid public, political conversation. One group challenged the dominant etiquette for citizenship; the others considered talking politics "out of place " almost everywhere. The ways groups relate to public speech itself are themselves meaningful; the concept of "civic practices" highlights how groups develop not just the power to make a particular political program public, but the power to make the public itself
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Gianpaolo Baiocchi (2006). The Civilizing Force of Social Movements: Corporate and Liberal Codes in Brazil's Public Sphere. Sociological Theory 24 (4):285 - 311.
Ann Mische (2014). Measuring Futures in Action: Projective Grammars in the Rio + 20 Debates. Theory and Society 43 (3-4):437-464.
Similar books and articles
Corey Brettschneider (2007). The Politics of the Personal: A Liberal Approach. American Political Science Review 101 (1):19-31.
Jason W. Patton (2000). Protecting Privacy in Public? Surveillance Technologies and the Value of Public Places. Ethics and Information Technology 2 (3):181-187.
Beth Savan (1989). Beyond Professional Ethics: Issues and Agendas. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 8 (2-3):179 - 185.
Michael C. Munger (2011). Self-Interest and Public Interest: The Motivations of Political Actors. Critical Review 23 (3):339-357.
Jorge J. E. Gracia (2001). Philosophy in American Public Life. The Proceedings of the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy 11:129-140.
Agnes S. Ku (1998). Boundary Politics in the Public Sphere: Openness, Secrecy, and Leak. Sociological Theory 16 (2):172-192.
Jens Steffek (2010). Public Accountability and the Public Sphere of International Governance. Ethics and International Affairs 24 (1):45-68.
Brandon Morgan-Olsen (2010). Conceptual Exclusion and Public Reason. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 40 (2):213-243.
Gary Alan Fine & Brooke Harrington (2004). Tiny Publics: Small Groups and Civil Society. Sociological Theory 22 (3):341-356.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads29 ( #141,626 of 1,911,917 )
Recent downloads (6 months)2 ( #324,434 of 1,911,917 )
How can I increase my downloads?