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William R. Caspary

inequality—as the central element of participatory democracy. Jackson sees Dewey as a progenitor and continuing resource for participatory democracy, and as an advocate of direct action, such as “marches, protests, strikes” (64). He highlights his position by

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Dethroning Deliberation

A Response to Caspary

Jeff Jackson

In his commentary on my 2015 article in this journal, William Caspary writes that he welcomes my effort to bring greater attention to participatory democracy and to practices of direct action—such as marches, protests, and strikes

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Patrick Cockburn

notify the land registry of their occupancy) suggest that legislators have abandoned any compromise between, on the one hand, direct action that alleviates immediate needs and, on the other, strong property rights that protect owners against such actions

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Eduard Ballesté

, especially those that included forms of direct action, including graffiti, occupying bank companies, and anti-capitalist discourses, among others. Even so, starting in 2011 tensions and disagreements began to develop within different age groups of the post

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Jeffrey D. Hilmer

Direct Action and Democracy Today by April Carter

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Jane Dickson

This article discusses how agency is emergent from the asymmetrical power interactions of multiple social actors and organizations. Agency, contingent and relational, is creative even when interpreted by people as unsuccessful. I employ ethnographic research from within a local authority sustainability team who were threatened with redundancy because of funding cuts imposed during the implementation of British Prime Minister David Cameron's Big Society project. In order to manage their situation, possible futures had to be re-imagined and appropriately contained through processes of self-assessment and self-management. The ability to enable self-directing action was often evident but was frequently interpreted by people as unsuccessful. This stemmed from misrecognition, scarcity and the lack of capacity to bring about full and substantial changes. Both the sustainability team and their work emerge from this process reduced and reformed through the competing tensions of systems of political governance and technologies of the self.

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Heather Came, Joey MacDonald, and Maria Humphries

Aotearoa (also known as New Zealand) is a jurisdiction that must respond to the inequitable elements of the multifaceted oppressions of its colonizing past and present if it is to live up to its claim to being an honorable nation. Early intensification of colonizing practices embedded European values over those of the indigenous people with lasting devastating effects. In search of a national integrity, activist traditions of exposure, resistance, dissent and non-violent direct action to injustices are longstanding in this land. Activist scholarship however, is a more recent phenomenon. We explore the potential of activist scholarship to contribute more directly to transformations that will embed justice in the diverse sociopolitical economic context of New Zealand. We outline what we understand by activist scholarship and how we believe it can strengthen both sociopolitical activism and academic scholarship in synergistic ways. We propose seven principles of activist scholarship, generated through on-going dialogue with our activist scholar peers. We offer them as a starting point for discussion and critique until a collective statement emerges. We showcase Ngāpuhi Speaks as an example of such potential synergies.

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Mark Chou and Jean-Paul Gagnon

William Caspary’s commentary on his earlier article in this journal. In his response Jackson engages Caspary’s claim that Dewey is not a supporter of “nondeliberative” direct action and, in doing so, expands on my own critique of deliberative democratic

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Creating Space for Protest and Possibility

Nimbin, Australia, from 1973

Rob Garbutt

the development of counterculture as an ongoing mode of protest that has created both alternative, everyday ways of living as well as grassroots forms of direct action that refuse to be overwhelmed by neoliberalism and late capitalism. I will argue

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Coulthard, Glen Sean. Red Skin, White Masks

Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition

Elaine Coburn

intellectuals like Anishinaabe writer Leanne Simpson (e.g. 2011 ), and partly represent lessons learned from the successes of prior, militant Indigenous actions. First, Coulthard insists on the importance of direct action. Notably, he argues that blockades of