Participants: Caitlin, Svilen, Laurel

Part 1 6:50-7:30
1) Review the annotated bibliography for Warner “Public and Private.” Revise for clarity and effectiveness.

2) How are public and private distinguished and defined? What definitions/perceptions are associated and/or forwarded by which theorists, under what circumstances?

- Warner: The orientations of public and private are rooted in what anthropologists call habitus: the conditions by which we experience out own bodies and movement in the space of the world
- Liberal thought – public rights as result of being a private person
- Evolution of modernity made possible a vision of negative liberty inherent in private persons and a vision of political live as the restraint of power by a critical public
- Kant: “The public use of reason must at all times be free and it alone can bring about enlightenment among men; the private use of reason, however, may often be very narrowly restricted without the progress of enlightenment being particularly hindered
- Kant draws important distinction between publics and politys COME BACE
- Kant’s ideal – private citizen as a scholar whose writings speak to the world
- Habermas= Modernity and expansion of critical discussion brought about shift from representative public sphere of monarchies to a reading public, a critical public that became the abstract counterpart to traditional public authority – the public sphere of civil society. This public no longer opposed to private, it was private and opposed to the state.
- Public sphere – a universal category of bourgeois society
- Arendt: Both public and private are existential categories, not social descriptions. Private is the realm of necessity and the merged viewpoint of family life (p. 59) and that the necessities of private life are inappropriate to politics. Arendt’s distinction offers us a contrast to the traditional liberal distintions between state and society
- Second-wave feminists argued that the distinction between public and private was virtually synonymous with patriarchy – male was to public as female was to private
- Feminist researchers cited in this article call for little or no distinction between public and private spheres because of gendered separation that occurs
- Citing the work of Kant, Arendt, and Habermas, Warner draws our attention to the often conflicting meaning of public and private. For example:
  • Public:
    • Open
    • Accessible for money
    • State related
    • Political
    • Official
    • Common
    • Impersonal
  • Private:
    • Restricted to some
    • Closed
    • Non-state
    • Private sector
    • Non-political
    • Non-official

Part 2 7:30-7:55
Review the four major characteristics of vernacular rhetoric (Hauser and mc clellan 30), and three defining characteristics for those who identify with resistors (Hauser and mc clellan 36-38). In your groups, look for images, quotes, media framing, and the like, that illustrates the vernacular quality of the “Occupy” campaigns that are spreading around the nation (in terms of agency, strategies, confrontational nature, etc).