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The Public on the Public: The British Public as Trust, Reflexivity and Political Foreclosure

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Claire Westall, Michael Gardiner
    Pages 1-12
  3. Claire Westall, Michael Gardiner
    Pages 13-31
  4. Claire Westall, Michael Gardiner
    Pages 32-54
  5. Claire Westall, Michael Gardiner
    Pages 55-76
  6. Claire Westall, Michael Gardiner
    Pages 78-103
  7. Claire Westall, Michael Gardiner
    Pages 104-119
  8. Claire Westall, Michael Gardiner
    Pages 121-121
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 125-144

About this book

Introduction

In Britain, the resistance to popular determination allowed by the financial construct of the public has been so successful that this term, public, must be re-read as politically paralyzing. The problem, our problem, is the public - which we are so often told will bring us together and provide for us - and it is this we must move beyond.

Keywords

British Public British Constitution Citizenship State Formation Consensus Nation participation trust

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of YorkUK
  2. 2.University of WarwickUK

About the authors

Claire Westall is Lecturer in the Department of English and Related Literature at the University of York, UK. Previous works include Literature of an Independent England: Revisions of England, Englishness and English Literature (2013) edited with Michael Gardiner, and Cross-Gendered Voices: Appropriating, Resisting, Embracing (2012), edited with Rina Kim.
 
Michael Gardiner is Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick, UK. His previous books include The Cultural Roots of British Devolution (2004), At the Edge of Empire (2008), The Return of England in English Literature (2012), and The Constitution of English Literature (2013).

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