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Audiences and Publics: When Cultural Engagement Matters for the Public Sphere

  title={Audiences and Publics: When Cultural Engagement Matters for the Public Sphere},
  author={Sonia Livingstone},
In today's thoroughly mass-mediated world, audiences and publics are, of course, composed of the same people. Yet social science traditionally treats them quite differently. Indeed, it is commonplace to define audiences in opposition to the public: in both popular and elite discourses, audiences are denigrated as trivial, passive, individualised, while publics are valued as active, critically engaged and politically significant. This volume rejects this view and asks instead when and how the… 

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