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Sacred Spaces and Civic Action

Topographies of Pluralism in Russia

Melissa L. Caldwell

the pluralist transections and mutual interruptions that emerge between the religious and the political enable new possibilities for articulations of civic activity, these interactions also raise questions about whether there are limits to the

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Demos and Nation

Misplacing the Dilemmas of the European Union--In Memory of Stanley Hoffmann

Charles S. Maier


“Demos and Nation,” written in homage to the memory of Stanley Hoffmann, critically considers the “no-demos” theory that argues the European Union is necessarily limited in its scope and loyalty because supposedly any authentic democratic political union must rest on a “people” or “demos,” which the EU lacks. There is no European demos, so the proponents argue; only nation-states possess this communal glue. I argue that, first, European history shows the no-demos theory ascribes far too great a unity and cohesion to the process of traditional nation-state formation as well as to current national polities; second, that polities at any level create their demoi through common civic activity, such as voting, political party formation, and meaningful parliamentary policy making; they are not pre-existing. Additionally, current difficulties of the EU should be attributed more to xenophobic populism at the national level than to failings in Brussels. Ultimately the no-demos theory plays into the hands of political leaders and movements that wish to advance their populist and authoritarian agendas at home by stigmatizing the EU.

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’Tis but a Habit in an Unconsolidated Democracy

Habitual Voting, Political Alienation and Spectatorship

Anthony Lawrence A. Borja

spectatorship is not only the normal mode of civic existence found in mass democracies, but is also a preliminary condition that can allow a citizen to satisfy the cognitive dimension of other civic activities or inactivity . In other words, it is a jumping

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A Penchant for Protest?

Typifying Canadian Millennials’ Political Engagement

Randle J. Hart

, an equal proportion of this generation is unengaged, while another 11 percent participates in traditional civic activities, which means that an activist or politically expressive culture is not shared among a majority of this generation. Does

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Digital Natives

Making Sense of the Digital Political Landscape and Assessing the Potential for Mobilization versus Apathy

Patrick Readshaw

having to have a rethink about my political views and things like that so I don’t necessarily engage with politics.” However, both Teresa and Louise still retain a willingness to get involved in civic activities, though the scope of their engagement has

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Confronting Tyranny in a Public Health Agency

Crafting a ‘Philosophy of Praxis’ into a ‘Community of Resistance’

Brian McKenna

was scheduled to begin teaching about this work at MSU’s Anthropology Department. In effect I was being censored by the government in every sphere of civic activity: as a teacher, researcher, writer and citizen. Within days rumours began circulating

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Russian Girls Construct Freedom and Safety in Pandemic Times

Olga Zdravomyslova and Elena Onegina

and the lack of a strong and stable feminist tradition in this country, the idea of girls’ civic activity is becoming more popular among pandemic generation girls ( Zhilyaeva 2018 ). We believe that this is similar to the idea of “girl energy,” which

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Neoliberalism, Hedonism and the Dying Public

Reclaiming Political Agency through the Exercise of Courage

Grant M. Sharratt and Erik Wisniewski

impact on civic capability, and that this declining participation meant a less functional democracy. While people may have at one time found some sort of obligation to involve themselves in social and civic activities, scholars of social capital have

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Reclaiming the streets

Black urban insurgency and antisocial security in twenty-first-century Philadelphia

Jeff Maskovsky

conducted two years of full-time ethnographic research focusing on the civic activities of residents in a gentrifying neighborhood of Philadelphia (2000–2002), after completing my dissertation focused on other arenas of urban activism ( Maskovsky 2000 ). I

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“The 1990s Wasn't Just a Time of Bandits; We Feminists Were Also Making Mischief!”

Celebrating Twenty Years of Feminist Enlightenment Projects in Tver’

Julie Hemment and Valentina Uspenskaya

it was necessary to understand the historical background—for example, I wanted to understand what was behind the word “feminism.” I was interested in the historical context: the story of emancipation, women's civic activity, and the question of how