Questioning ‘the public’: exploring the meanings of public engagement in higher education

Gabriel, John and Harding, Jennifer (2021) Questioning ‘the public’: exploring the meanings of public engagement in higher education. Teaching in Higher Education. pp. 1-15. ISSN 1470-1294 (In Press)

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/13562517.2021.1952564

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This article discusses an example of public engagement involving university staff and students, a local charity and older residents in a community oral history project. It is based on participants’ oral and written accounts of their involvement. It critically examines the meanings of public, engagement and public good created through the project in relation to neoliberalism. It discusses publics as ‘emergent’ and various public engagement activities as ‘assemblages’, formed in particular historical and ideological discursive contexts, and reflects critically on the usefulness of these conceptualisations. It also reviews the operation of a potential counterpublic and its implications.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: public engagement; emergent publics; assemblage; counterpublic; neoliberalism
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 370 Education
Department: School of Computing and Digital Media
Depositing User: Jennifer Harding
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2021 08:28
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2021 10:32
URI: http://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/6881

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