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Do-It-Yourself DemocracyThe Rise of the Public Engagement Industry$
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Caroline W. Lee

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199987269

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199987269.001.0001

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Walking Our Talk

Walking Our Talk

(p.96) 4 Walking Our Talk
Do-It-Yourself Democracy

Caroline W. Lee

Oxford University Press

How do public engagement facilitators deftly absorb public resistance and critique? Chapter 4 investigates those cases where practitioners do not recognize tensions between professional, management, and empowerment aims. Instead, they assert the harmonic integration of their lives and their work by walking the talk. They playact the authenticity of their practices, even as they look the very image of reflexive and self-critical subjects. This explicit denial of power resembles the sleight of hand that clients seek when hiring public engagement experts to produce a manageable form of public empowerment and contained criticism.

Keywords:   resistance, walking the talk, authenticity, integration, reflexivity

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