Mahoney explores the work needed to engage the public in current research - he calls it 'contemporary'. From the work arise three perspectives on publics:
- "emergence-oriented" that attends to mediated and reflexive qualities of publics. He cites work of "art and performance theorist Shannon Jackson", which I find interesting in the context of JuxtaLearn's performance aspect. Is a community based theatre the sort of thing he means, like https://twitter.com/OpenscriptBucks?
- a perspective that is more philosophical & normative in approach and emphasis
- a perspective that takes the public as a real and pre-existing entity - I see that as a difficulty - define the public (see earlier discussion on public), but if you know who you are targeting then you can quantify, calculate and survey.
MAHONEY, N. (2013) The work of public engagement. Comunicazioni sociali, 3, 349-358.