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Title: The 'sluice-gate' public sphere and the national DNA database in the UK
Authors: Downey, John
Stephens, Mike
Flaherty, Jan
Keywords: Politics
Public opinion
Public sphere
United Kingdom
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: SAGE Publications © The Author(s)
Citation: DOWNEY, J., STEPHENS, M. and FLAHERTY, J., 2012. The 'sluice-gate' public sphere and the national DNA database in the UK. Media, Culture and Society, 34 (4), pp. 439 - 456.
Abstract: Habermas’s amendments to his original public sphere thesis have been recognized by a number of media scholars in recent years. His original thesis of a decline or refeudalization of the public sphere where politics is played out in front of the public has been modified, under the influence of Bernhard Peters’ work, to incorporate the possibility of action from the periphery of the public sphere influencing, if not exclusively determining, decisions made at the administrative core via sluice-gates. There has been limited work, however, on exploring the operation of the sluices in greater detail, and particularly on the role of the mass media in acting as a communication channel between peripheral publics and core elites. The purpose of this article is to do so via a case study of the mass media public debate in the UK about the existence and extent of the national DNA database as it is a prima facie candidate for observing the operation of the sluice-gates.
Description: This article was published in the journal, Media, Culture and Society [SAGE Publications © The Author(s)] and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0163443711436357
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1177/0163443711436357
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/13374
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0163443711436357
ISSN: 0163-4437
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