Life writing as intimate publics

Jolly, Margaretta (2011) Life writing as intimate publics. Biography, 34 (1). v-xi. ISSN 01624962

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Late modernity has spot-lit intimate relations. Families, feelings and love lives have been opened to public politics through diverse pressures of globalisation, digitisation, the mass media and social movements such as feminism. At the same time, traditional citizenships of public rights and responsibilities find new definition through trauma, consumption, identity and care. As boundaries between public and private multiply, new constituencies of belonging and claim are convened, from Fathers for Justice to flood survivors to Facebook. My introduction and editing of this special issue of Biography begins from the American cultural critic Lauren Berlants term intimate public to explore these new constituencies in relation to life writing and life storying across media, discipline and profession.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > Centre for Community Engagement
Research Centres and Groups: Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research
Depositing User: Margaretta Jolly
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:52
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2018 15:49
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