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Dialogue for Development

An Exploration of Relations between Oil and Gas Companies, Communities, and the State

Florian Stammler and Emma Wilson

This introduction provides an overview of academic research and current practice relating to stakeholder dialogue around oil and gas development in the Russian North, Siberia and the Russian Far East. We discuss the two main strands of analysis in this special issue: (a) regulation and impact assessment; and (b) relationship-building in practice, with a particular focus on indigenous communities. We argue that an effective regulatory framework, meaningful dialogue, and imaginative organization of stakeholder relations are required to minimize negative impacts and maximize benefits from oil and gas projects. Self-interest, mistrust, and a lack of collective agency frequently lead to ineffective planning and heightened tensions in relations. We identify lessons to be learned from partnerships and initiatives already established in Sakhalin and Western Siberia, despite the lack of a stable legal framework to govern relations. This issue focuses on the academic-practitioner interface, emphasizing the importance of practical application of academic research and the value of non-academic contributions to academic debates.

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Indignity in Cash Transfers

The Senior Citizen’s Grant in Uganda

Grace Bantebya Kyomuhendo

economic resources, low social status, lack of political voice, and diminished individual or collective agency; behave like beggars when interacting with providers; endure rather than challenge poverty-induced indignity often directly inflicted on them by

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Ming-Lun Chung

, followed by the exploration of empirical analysis and generative mechanism, deals with two sections: the practical implications of critical realism for policy practitioners, and collective agency of professional and community groups for social change and

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The Amāra on the Square

Connective Agency and the Aesthetics of the Egyptian Revolution

Ayman El-Desouky

the Tahrir occupation in 2011 and was finished before the events of June and July 2013, but it will be significant to pursue further how the newly gained sense of collective agency may have manifested itself in the more systematic and strategically

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Participatory Democracy in Unlikely Places

What Democratic Theorists Can Learn from Democratic Professionals

Selen A. Ercan’s and Albert W. Dzur

in a rulebook and imposed from above. In all these ways we signal to people, “Hey, you can’t take care of these common spaces. Hey, you can’t exercise your collective agency in a reasonable way. Hey, you can’t solve these problems. You have to rely on

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Inside Out

Embodying Prison Boundaries

Manuela Ivone Cunha

category's sphere of collective agency and identity. Firstly, this identity was also defined by a shared status at the bottom of the class structure and by a pre-prison stigma attached to ill-reputed neighbourhoods. Prison merely compounded the structural

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Contemporary “Structures” of Racism

A Sartrean Contribution to Resisting Racial Injustice

Justin I. Fugo

conditions into being, but unless we work to transform them, we are ultimately participating in their preservation. Moreover, individual action alone cannot undo the product of collective agency, as concerted efforts are necessary for transforming the way

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From Schmitt to Foucault

Inquiring the Relationship between Exception and Democracy

Sara Raimondi

primarily individualized reaction works as the source for engendering collective agency. Although not using explicitly the terminology of resistance, Scarry’s example of empowering ‘habits’ can be read as expression of what Foucault defined as the attempt

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Science, Customs, and the Modern Subject

From Emulation to Education in the Semantics of Spanish Enlightenment

Pablo Sánchez León

individual and collective agency. 8 In its Spanish blend, political-economic reflection focused in a remarkable way on anthropological issues, that is, the moral requirements for engineering a (male) subject capable of undertaking courses of actions that

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Four Dimensions of Societal Transformation

An Introduction to the Problematique of Ukraine

Zuzana Novakova

collective agency with these changing structures. Meanwhile, recent developments in other contexts (within EU member states and the United States) very much highlight that those who populate the welfare terrains of the state and market often do feel left