An Act is Worth a Thousand Words

A Place For Public Action And Civic Engagement in Deliberative Democracy

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Abstract:

In this paper, we argue that deliberative democrats have too narrow a conception of the political, but that 'activism' as it is normally understood is not sufficiently broad, either. Politics is not reducible to coercion and contestation, but rather to the constitution of our shared world. We contend that active citizenship more often takes the form of working in a rape crisis center or a domestic violence clinic than participating in marches or town meetings.

Keywords: ACTIVISM; CIVIC ENGAGEMENT; DELIBERATION; DELIBERATIVE ECONOMY; INCLUSION; PARTICIPATION

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3167/th.2008.5511705

Publication date: December 1, 2008

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