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Flux and the public sphere

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posted on 18.06.2015, 08:17 by John Downey
John Urry’s call for a paradigm shift in sociology away from a consideration of social interaction at a standstill or stasis and towards a consideration of flux and the infrastructures of movement that enable social interaction to take place has been adopted extensively, if unevenly, in sociology. As Allen-Robertson and Beer point out, work on mobility either focuses on the physical mobility of things and people or on information. Thus, it largely ignores Urry’s initial call for the study of the movement of ideas (and, one could add, images) as well as humans and objects. Here I take up Urry’s original call for the study of mobile ideas and images and argue that such a move is helpful in analysing change in the public sphere.

History

School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

Published in

MEDIA CULTURE & SOCIETY

Volume

36

Issue

3

Pages

367 - 379 (13)

Citation

DOWNEY, J., 2014. Flux and the public sphere. Media Culture & Society, 36 (3), pp. 367-379.

Publisher

SAGE Publications Ltd (© the author)

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2014

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ISSN

0163-4437

Language

en