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Publics and Counterpublics by Michael Warner
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May 01, 11

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I took a long time to finish this one. Warner has a lot of really interesting thoughts, but also a lot of ideas that seem too esoteric. The book is a collection of essays that really do not hold together well as a whole--so read it for the ones you like, and skip the ones you do not. Although his ideas about publics and counterpublics seem like they should be more interesting and useful to me when looking at social life, I am never clear if Warner sees publics as 'actual' social groupings and identities, or only as groupings called forth through written language. It does not help that he uses very few examples to illustrate his ideas. Ultimate verdict--a good thought piece that can spark ideas, but not much of a usable framework for analysis.
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