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Kenneth Bo Nielsen

movement tactics. The quarrel escalated until a senior movement leader intervened to stop it. In this article I use the quarrel at the roadblock as my starting point for a discussion of how an “everyday politics” perspective can enhance our understanding of

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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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Resisting Fortress Europe

The everyday politics of female transnational migrants

Elisabetta Zontini

This article considers the political engagement used by Moroccan and Filipino women in Southern Europe. It argues that immigrant women should be seen as active subjects rather than passive victims who accept subordinate roles both in their families and in the societies where they have settled. In order to appreciate the kind of political agency migrant women deploy, the article suggests two preliminary steps: extending the definition of the political so as to incorporate power and inequalities beyond political institutions, and adopting a transnational perspective so as to include the social fields encompassing more than one country in which these women operate. The article goes on to describe the different ways in which the two groups of women negotiate their citizenship rights in Southern Europe, focusing especially on how they negotiate entrance and rights to settle and how they try to improve their living and working conditions.

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Towards an Immortal Political Body

The State Machine in Eighteenth-Century English Political Discourse

Pasi Ihalainen

The importance of bodily and mechanical analogies in everyday political argumentation has been seldom discussed in the academic literature. This article is based on a contextual analysis of the uses of bodily and mechanical analogies in parliamentary and public debates in eighteenth-century England, as they can be retrieved from full-text databases of printed literature. The author demonstrates the continuous use of bodily analogies for much of the century particularly in defence of traditional conceptions of a unified political community. The article considers the expanding use of mechanical analogies as well, tracing their evolution in political debates and the effect of the American and French revolutions in their usage.

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Times of Democracy

The Unavoidable Democracy of Mid-Nineteenth-Century Denmark

Anne Engelst Nørgaard


Democracy became a popular and highly contested concept in the Danish-speaking parts of the Danish monarchy in 1848. For a brief time, it went from being an occasional guest in political language to a popular concept in the constitutional struggle of 1848–1849. This article argues democracy became attached to an equally popular concept of the time, movement, when introduced into everyday political communication in Denmark. In this context, democracy became a name for the movement observed in Europe and in the Danish monarchy. The article identifies three main interpretations of democracy that occurred in the Danish constitutional struggle of 1848–1849 and argues the battle over the constitution was essentially a battle over how one interpreted the past, the present, and the future. Democracy became a key term in this battle in 1848 Denmark.

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sense of being a common people) strong enough to build an authentic political union. This view, Maier argues, overestimates how much “demos” mattered in building nations in the past and underestimates how much the practice of everyday politics

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Elif Mahir Metinsoy

the war years remain limited. A few studies go beyond the elite and educated women of the period, but they have not presented the voices or everyday politics of ordinary women. They have mostly contributed to the history of ordinary people by

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Nefissa Naguib, Pauline Peters, Nancy Ries, Murray Garde, Zhiying Ma, and Frédéric Keck

Jessica Barnes , Cultivating the Nile: The Everyday Politics of Water in Egypt (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2014), 248 pp., illustrations, notes, references, index. Paperback. ISBN 9780822357568. Water is a pawn in politics. It is the major

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Law and Liberation

Critical Notes on Agamben’s Political Messianism

Jayne Svenungsson

demands of realpolitik, protecting us from the illusory attempt to escape the contradictions, tensions and unstable conventions that define everyday politics. As I have sought to show in relation to Agamben, it is precisely here that the weakness lies in a

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After the commons—commoning!

Don Kalb

concede that the Right is commoning too? And what sort of urban class analysis are we required to make to explain the Right’s dynamics and contents? References Kalb , Don . 1997 . Expanding class: Power and everyday politics in industrial communities