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Democracy, Pluralization and Voice

Norval, AJ (2009) 'Democracy, Pluralization and Voice.' Ethics and Global Politics, 2 (4). pp. 297-320. ISSN 1654-4951

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This article explores different theoretical and political dimensions of voice in democratic theory. Drawing on recent developments in political theory, ranging from James Bohman?s work on the movement from demos to demoi in transnational politics, to William Connolly?s writings on pluralization, it develops a critical account of the emphasis within conventional pluralism on the representation of extant identities. Instead, it foregrounds the need to engage with emerging identities, demands, and claims that fall outside the parameters of dominant discursive orders. Building on the works of Ranciere and Cavell, it highlights the importance of an analytical engagement with the emergence and articulation of new struggles and voices -the processes through which inchoate demands are given political expression- so as to counter the ongoing possibilities of domination, understood here as a ?deprivation of voice.? The article develops an account of the centrality of the category of responsiveness to such claims and demands for democratic theory, especially in relation to a range of democratic struggles in our contemporary world. In so doing, it contributes to a growing body of work that questions the taken for granted character and status of the institutional forms of liberal democracy.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: pluralism; demoi; Connolly; Ranciere; responsiveness; deprivation of voice; domination; Cavell; democratic subjectivity; demands; claim-making
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2012 21:42
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:38

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