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Ordinary Democracy – Sovereignty and Citizenship Beyond the Neoliberal Impasse - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Ordinary Democracy: Sovereignty and Citizenship Beyond the Neoliberal Impasse

Ali Aslam


Ordinary Democracy examines the organizing practices of contemporary social movements to suggest how citizens are insisting on having a share in governing the forces that shape their lives. Rather than seeing the Arab Spring and movements sparked by it as failures or examples of purer democracy than those possible within the state, it sees these as efforts to democratize relationships of sovereignty in order to enlarge the sphere of active citizenship. Written with and for citizens who feel overwhelmed by political and economic forces that appear outside of their control, Ordinary Democracy sp ... More

Keywords: sovereignty, democracy, emergency politics, neoliberalism, impasse, popular movements, Occupy, Arab Spring, public philosophy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190601812
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190601812.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ali Aslam, author
Visiting Lecturer in Politics, Mount Holyoke College

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