Little Public Spheres

Hickey-Moody, Anna Catherine. 2013. Little Public Spheres. Performance Paradigm, 9(1), pp. 4-15. ISSN ISSN 1832-5580 [Article]

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In this article I develop the concept of little public spheres
in order to understand young people’s arts practice as
a mode of civic participation and public pedagogy.
Little publics are multiple and of diverse political orientation. Depending on the investments that constitute the little public sphere in question, little publics can be
spaces very much aligned to social norms and hegemonic
agendas. Alternatively, little public shperes can be spaces of resistance; or conflicted social and political sites
brought together around shared aesthetic or intellectual
concerns that unite communities. They are as heterogeneous as young people.

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youth, citizenship, public sphere

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Educational Studies



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Date Deposited:

15 Jan 2015 08:27

Last Modified:

29 Apr 2020 16:05

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