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Resisting Revolutions: Questioning the radical potential of citizen action

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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

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1057/dev.2012.3

Publication date: 2012-06-11

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