What is democratic theory? In this article we treat it as a semiotic code – that is to say, a shared assumption – and argue that democratic theory enables people to think and talk about the idea(s) of democracy. Furthermore, the application of this specific code is highly political. For one, it is embedded in concrete contexts and discourses and used in arguments and narratives. In addition, the application of democratic theory has also substantial consequences on the lives of people. We illustrate this argument by reflecting briefly on Abraham Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address” and its recodification and consequences in different contexts.
Christian Ewert and Marion Repetti
Sarah Besky and Jonathan Padwe
contexts of signification—when they are separated from their constitutive actions, as Delueze and Guattari (1987 ) put it—they are “deterritorialized,” a process that is always and at the same time accompanied by a parallel process of reterritorialization