Resisting Revolutions: Questioning the radical potential of citizen action
Author: Shah, Nishant
Source: Development, Volume 55, Number 2, June 2012 , pp. 173-180(8)
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Abstract:Nishant Shah looks into the radical claims and potentials of citizen action that have emerged in the last few years. He seeks to show how citizen action is not necessarily a radical form of politics and that we need to make a distinction between Resistances and Revolutions. It locates resistance as an endemic condition of governmentality within a State–Citizen–Market relationship and shows how it often strengthens the status quo rather than radically undermining it. He examines a campaign against corruption in India to see how the dissonance between the claims of the future and the practices of the present is produced in citizen action.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2012-06-01