Conclusion: What Kind of Governing?

  • Philip DearmanEmail author
  • Cathy Greenfield
  • Peter Williams
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media book series (PSHM)


This chapter turns to questions of contemporary politics as part of considering the relation between “politics” and “governing,” in the book’s concluding exploration of how we can assess recent pervasive styles of governing populations. Written against the backdrop of electoral political events in 2016–2017, it pursues this question by first revisiting themes of mobile privatization and democratization made visible in earlier chapters, and then by describing the apparently effective cascading through communicative abundance of a political economy rationality of wealth inequality. In its analysis of these final instances of rhetoric, the chapter demonstrates again the disparate ways in which “communication” repays attention if we are to grasp the circumstances within which populations live, what they are able to do, and what is done to them.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Philip Dearman
    • 1
    Email author
  • Cathy Greenfield
    • 2
  • Peter Williams
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Media and CommunicationRMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.RMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  3. 3.RMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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