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Nexus Politics

Conceptualizing Everyday Political Engagement

Matthew Flinders and Matthew Wood

Existing research on alternative forms of political participation does not adequately account for why those forms of participation at an “everyday” level should be defined as political. In this article we aim to contribute new conceptual and theoretical depth to this research agenda by drawing on sociological theory to posit a framework for determining whether nontraditional forms of political engagement can be defined as genuinely distinctive from traditional participation. Existing “everyday politics” frameworks are analytically underdeveloped, and the article argues instead for drawing upon Michel Maffesoli’s theory of “neo-tribal” politics. Applying Maffesoli’s insights, we provide two questions for operationally defining “everyday” political participation, as expressing autonomy from formal political institutions, and building new political organizations from the bottom up. This creates a substantive research agenda of not only operationally defining political participation, but examining how traditional governmental institutions and social movements respond to a growth in everyday political participation: nexus politics.

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Dances with Heads

Parasitic Mimesis and the Government of Savagery in Colonial East Timor

Ricardo Roque

case study: the historical episode of Portuguese Governor Afonso de Castro’s polemical participation in 1861 in a customary ceremony associated with the celebration of headhunting raids and war victories in East Timor, a remote Portuguese colony in

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Graham Smith and Gertrud Heidegger

Democratic Innovations: Designing Institutions for Citizen Participation, by Graham Smith Jeffery Hilmer

Martin Heidegger – Letters to His Wife: 1915-1970, edited by Gertrud Heidegger Kai Horsthemke

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Jacqui Close

of what the term student engagement means. Despite that, what emerges is a fairly coherent assemblage of ideals that includes social and academic participation, collegiality and a sense of belonging. The panel members all studied against a backdrop

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Alena Minchenia

and political changes and encompasses a continuum from protests’ supporters to activists. The second factor relates to participation in protests as a professional activity and includes such actors as journalists, civil right defenders, experts, and

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COVID and the Era of Emergencies

What Type of Freedom is at Stake?

Danielle Celermajer and Dalia Nassar

action, what is needed are educational, institutional, and social actions that will better enable individuals to form political bonds among each other and with the world in ways that inspire their participation in shaping the conditions of their

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From proclamation to denial

Indigenous rights and political participation in Venezuela

Catherine Alès

participation for legal provisions that benefitted indigenous communities, this article discusses political changes and forms of mobilization that indigenous communities’ organizations have been forced to develop in response to the recent invasion of their

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Los Roldán and the Inclusion of Travesti Narratives

Representations of Gender-Nonconforming Identities in Argentinian Telenovelas

Martín Ponti

the medium that narrativizes trans subjectivities. Since the advent of television in Latin America, telenovelas have become the staple of television programing. The success of serialized storytelling sustains Latin America's participation within a

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Keith Alexander

. Numerous observers have addressed the impact of parliamentary participation on the Greens, typically invoking the concept of “parliamentarization” to explain the changes. Writing in the left-wing journal Prokla in 1985, Bodo Zeuner identified four

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War Veterans and the Construction of Citizenship Categories

Nikkie Wiegink, Ralph Sprenkels, and Birgitte Refslund Sørensen

citizenship. Our studies draw attention to patriotism and participation in a particular armed struggle as markers for inclusion in the polity (see Metsola, this section), which broadens the analysis of identity markers often associated with citizenship such as