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Ordinary DemocracySovereignty and Citizenship Beyond the Neoliberal Impasse$
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Ali Aslam

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190601812

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190601812.001.0001

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(p.158) Conclusion
Ordinary Democracy

Ali Aslam

Oxford University Press

Ordinary Democracy concludes by reminding readers what is at stake if democracy and democratic practice are severed from sovereignty: sovereignty will be increasingly claimed as a weapon by those who wish to remake the nation in terms that are more stratified, exclusive, and despotic, bending the state to protect the sovereign power of established racial and economic hierarchies. The conclusion turns to the links between the Fight for $15 living wage movement and the Black Lives Matter protests to suggest the necessity of addressing forms of sovereignty that demand sacrifice from low-wage workers and people of color by reshaping subject conduct and action in relation to the state and economy. These movements make clear how the state remains the focus of democratic aspirations and action.

Keywords:   sovereign citizens, Fight for $15, Black Lives Matter, racial justice, economic justice, democratic aspirations, subject conduct

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