The public sphere on the beach

Hartley, John & Green, Joshua B. (2006) The public sphere on the beach. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 9(3), pp. 341-362.

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This article discusses the idea of a 'cultural public sphere' together with related notions of 'the' public sphere, 'counterpublics' and 'discourse publics'. It argues that the cultural public sphere emerges from cultural sources (e.g. ethnic identity) rather than political ones and is organized through private pursuits such as music, domestic life and leisure or entertainment venues. The article investigates the formation of a cultural public sphere by using the December 2005 'race riots' on Australian beaches as a case study. It argues that culture interacts with politics as 'new' media interact with mainstream news; and that counterpublic spheres interact with the cultural public sphere as 'internal' communication coexists with 'external'. The role of mainstream media in reporting and commenting on extreme displays is in part to stage conflict so that the general public can think through cultural-political issues via the theatrics.

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ID Code: 18852
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Media Studies, Public Sphere, Cronulla Riots, The Beach
DOI: 10.1177/1367549406066077
ISSN: 1367-5494
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified (200199)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Sage Publications
Deposited On: 18 Mar 2009 01:47
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:28

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