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Democracy in a Time of Misery: From Spectacular Tragedies to Deliberative Action

Nicole Curato


Misery rarely features in conversations about democracy. And yet, in the past decades, global audiences are increasingly confronted with spectacles of human pain. The world is more stressed, worried, and sad today than we have ever seen it, a Gallup poll finds. Does democracy stand a chance in a time of widespread suffering? Drawing on three years of field research among communities affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, this book offers ethnographic portraits of how collective suffering, trauma, and dispossession enlivens democratic action. It argues that emotional forms of communicat ... More

Keywords: disasters, democracy, deliberative democracy, democratic theory, public sphere, humanitarianism, social media, spectacles, protests

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198842484
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198842484.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicole Curato, author
Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Deliberative Democracy & Global Governance, University of Canberra