The square of intimate citizenship: Some preliminary proposals

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This exploratory paper suggests some emerging arenas of public debate across the personal life-from 'test-tube babies' to 'lesbian and gay families'-which when taken together may be captured by the term 'intimate citizenship'. This suggests a plurality of public discourses developing about how to live the personal and intimate life in a late modern and global world where we are often confronted by an escalating series of choices and difficulties around intimacies. A framework of four key issues is suggested for fuller examination. This entails the changing nature of the public sphere; the growth of culture wars and the need for dialogue; the narrativisation process and grounded moralities; and the links to global intimacies.

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