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Activism in the Public Sphere: Exploring the Discourse of Political Participation Wayne Clark

Activism in the Public Sphere: Exploring the Discourse of Political Participation

Wayne Clark

Published January 1st 2000
ISBN : 9780754616078
Hardcover
205 pages
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Drawing upon fieldwork conducted with Amnesty International, the Labour Party, Tenants Association and the Exodus collective, this work examines the nature of political activism. The author combines Habermasian theory and empirical fieldwork to critically analyze the nature of the political public sphere. While adopting a Habermasian approach, Clark recognizes the problems and limitations associated with notions of civil society and communicative action. An empirically formed critical stance is maintained throughout the work. Three main themes are drawn from this research: an analysis of structures of political participation- presentation of a typology of political activism- and analysis of the public process of participation.