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Re-conceptualising Political Alienation

On Spectators, Spectacles and Public Protests

Anthony Lawrence A. Borja

Politics usually takes the form of brawls ranging from the verbal and civilised, to the physical and savage, if not deadly encounters. These public engagements are political spectacles projecting narratives that are attractive to people who share the sentiments made public in these spectacles, and a following of spectators that, in sustaining their spectatorship, keeps the spectacle in its status. I note that spectators are attached and concerned with the narratives (i.e.from the causes and actors involved to the eventual results) behind and projected by such spectacles, and that this attachment in turn defines and sustains their spectatorship. Political alienation is a condition shared by both the apathetic and spectators. However the case of spectators is more complex and merits closer analysis in order to attain an encompassing understanding of political alienation. In this article, I will argue and illustrate that political alienation must be understood as a sustainable process constituted and driven by sustained spectatorship (i.e.sustained relationship between spectators and a political spectacle) made possible by a habitus of disempowerment in everyday life.

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’Tis but a Habit in an Unconsolidated Democracy

Habitual Voting, Political Alienation and Spectatorship

Anthony Lawrence A. Borja

Political Alienation and Democratisation in the Philippines The electoral process can be considered as a basic component of a democracy or, specifically, as a source of legitimacy for government authority and legislation. For this reason one

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The “Democracy-Politics Paradox”

The Dynamics of Political Alienation

Gerry Stoker and Mark Evans

Contemporary political scientists have observed a democratic paradox that has crystallized around the disconnection between how citizens imagine their democracy and how politics is practiced. Citizens continue to believe in the values of liberal democracy but are increasingly disillusioned with how their political systems work and the politics that are practiced in the name of democracy. This article revisits the root causes of political alienation to better understand this democratic paradox. It provides both a conceptual understanding of political alienation and its domain of action and insights into how the concept can be operationalized and measured in empirical research. It argues that while democracy itself may not be in crisis, the politics on which its operation rests is in peril.

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Dumpster Diving for a Better World

Explaining Unconventional Protest and Public Support for Actions against Food Waste

Benedikt Jahnke and Ulf Liebe

its determinants, we consider the following factors: perceived political influence, political alienation, perceived legitimacy of violence, social and personal norms, and self-identity. All of these factors are discussed in the literature on

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Resist and Revivify

Democratic Theory in a Time of Defiance

Jean-Paul Gagnon and Emily Beausoleil

Greek Context. ” Government and Information Quarterly 32 ( 1 ): 12 – 29 . 10.1016/j.giq.2014.11.004 Stoker , Gerry , and Mark Evans . “ The ‘Democracy-Politics Paradox’: The Dynamics of Political Alienation .” Democratic Theory 1 ( 2 ): 26

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Poverty and Shame

Interactional Impacts on Claimants of Chinese Dibao

Jian Chen and Lichao Yang

Social Policy .” Last updated 16 February . http://www.spicker.uk/social-policy/socadmin.htm . Tam , T.S.K. , and S. Yeung . 1994 . “ Community Perception of Social Welfare and Its Relations to Familism, Political Alienation, and Individual

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Alienation, Ambivalence and Identity

Jhumpa Lahiri’s In Other Words

Mohammad Shafiqul Islam

deals with the issue of diaspora in her work. Diasporic writers bring into their writings ‘their awareness of geographical dislocation, cultural ambivalence, social and political alienation, and absence of centrality. Memory and nostalgia connect them

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Populist Rhetoric and Nativist Alarmism

The AfD in Comparative Perspective

Barbara Donovan

the galtan spectrum seen representing those of the radical right. The far right has grown in strength in the last decade in a climate one scholar referred to as “a panoply of … political alienation and disenchantment, democratic distemper and