Publics & Counterpublics


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"As conceptual models of the public sphere have moved toward multiplicity, "counterpublic" has emerged as a critical term to signify that some publics develop not simply as one among a constellation of discursive entities, but as explicitly articulated alternatives to wider publics that exclude the interests of potential participants."

~ Robert Asen, "Seeking the 'Counter' in Counterpublics".

“Counterpublics are, by definition, formed by their conflict with the norms and contexts of their cultural environment, and this context of domination inevitably entails distortion. Mass publics and counterpublics, in other words, are both damaged forms of publicness, just as gender and sexuality are, in this culture, damaged forms of privacy.”

~ Warner, Michael, Publics and Counterpublics.