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A networked public: formal and relational approaches to the public sphere

Emily A. Erikson (Department of Sociology, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA)

Kybernetes

ISSN: 0368-492X

Article publication date: 18 November 2020

Issue publication date: 4 May 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore the potential for conceptualizing the public sphere through the tools of network analysis.

Design/methodology/approach

To do so, this paper combines comparative historical analysis of the early modern expansion of the public sphere with a review of relevant literature and logical exposition.

Findings

The paper develops several hypotheses about the potential of the approach and areas that may require advances in methodology and additional theoretical development.

Originality/value

The paper encourages the development and use of formal approaches for the analysis and conceptualization of the public sphere.

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Citation

Erikson, E.A. (2021), "A networked public: formal and relational approaches to the public sphere", Kybernetes, Vol. 50 No. 4, pp. 919-928. https://doi.org/10.1108/K-05-2020-0323

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