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Crise do sujeito, otimismo cruel e exclusão participativa

Por Sérgio G. Baierle: Discuto aqui a crise do sujeito nos movimentos populares urbanos e seus territórios – favelas e vilas populares sobretudo –, à luz da mutação de suas condições de reprodução social, as quais tinham por base o que venho atualmente chamando de paradigma do otimismo cruel (as contradições do desejo de modernidade). […]

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Government and Community Development in Ireland: The Contested Subjects of Professionalism and Expertise

By Rosie R. Meade: [Extract] The hegemonisation of partnership obscured fundamental contradictions in Irish society. It implied that structurally created polarities and hierarchies could be ignored in the interests of consensus; that political concerns could be treated as technical hitches; that competing sectors were equals in the processes of policy making. As it facilitated and […]

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Guardians of the Bourgeois City: Citizenship, Public Space, and Middle-Class Activism in Mumbai

By Jonathan Shapiro Anjaria: [Abstract] This article examines the new phenomenon of “citizens’ groups” in contemporary Mumbai, India, whose activities are directed at making the city’s public spaces more orderly. Recent scholarship on Mumbai’s efforts to become a “global” city has pointed to the removal of poor populations as an instance of neoliberal governmentality as […]

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Participatory Budgeting: Space, Difference and Governmentality across Buenos Aires

By Ryan Centner: [Abstract] Techniques of absence describe some of the potentially anti-deliberative practices that haunt recently widespread participation-based governance schemes. Techniques of absence remove certain kinds of people – on a spatialised basis – from crucial ‘democratic’ conversations. To illustrate these, I use ethnographic accounts from the implementation of a citywide participatory budgeting programme in three neighbourhoods across Buenos Aires, […]

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“A World Class City of Your Own!”: Civic Governmentality in Chennai, India

By Rowan Ellis [EXCERPTS] Specifically I focus on the practices of public consultation in Chennai, India and highlight the discursive function of the “world-class city” as it articulates and legitimates emerging paradigms in urban development. (…) The suggestion put forth by Birkinshaw and Harris (2009, 4) is that “the world-class city is an urban imaginary that further manufactures and normalizes […]

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Neoliberalism Resurgent? Market Rule after the Great Recession

By Jamie Pack, Nik Theodore and Neil Brenner: [Extract] “Advocates of progressive alternatives to neoliberalism must contend with the fact that, in a deeply interconnected world, no policy making place is an island anymore. “Local alternatives” remain important, but on their own they are not enough. Increasingly, fast-traveling global policy models have become the international currency of reform — be […]

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The populist dance of Participatory Budgeting numbers in Porto Alegre

By Sérgio Baierle: Every year is the same civic governmentality routine.  The local government begins the Participatory Budgeting cycle with a fireworks show. The real content of participation doesn’t matter. The show is the government. The measure of success for Participatory Budgeting (PB), as stated in the multi-year plan, is solely the number of participants in the assemblies. In […]

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Cooperativización: algunas aproximaciones a las relaciones actuales entre Estado capitalista y sectores subalternos

Por Mariana Giaretto: “El análisis de las relaciones entre Estado y clases subalternas a partir de experiencias concretas de tomas de tierras urbanas nos ha permitido identificar a la cooperativización como un proceso en el que se entrelazan complejamente tanto mecanismos estatales de dispersión del conflicto social como estrategias de subsistencia de los sectores populares.” […]

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Associations, Deliberation, and Democracy: The Case of Ireland’s Social Partnership

By Niamh Gaynor: [Excerpt] (…) [D]oes civic associational engagement at micro levels leave scope to engage laterally across associations and vertically with members and citizens thereby sustaining a vibrant, active public sphere? Is civic associational engagement within micro-policy fora “good” for democracy in a substantive sense? The answer to this has to be a qualified […]

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L’ « économie réelle », c’est le capitalisme ! Au-delà de l’anticapitalisme tronqué de la gauche et du mouvement « Occupy Wall Street »

Par K.B.: « Croissance de l’économie réelle ! », telle est depuis trente ans la position de l’altercapitalisme de gauche sur tous les continents. Pas besoin d’aller très loin, en France, les décombres du mouvement altermondialiste restent ainsi plongés dans une immense nostalgie pour le capitalisme à papa des Trente Glorieuses avec ses entreprises nationalisées, ses services publics, son […]

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Care Work and the Commons

By Massimo de Angelis: It is becoming increasingly clear that the current economic, social and environmental crises are degrading the conditions of everyday life for a vast range of people in many parts of the world, and are even posing apocalyptic threats to our social and ecological reproduction. It is also clear that the global […]

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Misère de l’économie du développement

Par Cédric Durand et Charlotte Nordmann: L’extension de la rationalité néolibérale à l’échelle mondiale a engendré une augmentation dramatique de la pauvreté, des inégalités et de la dépendance au capitalisme mondialisé. À ces processus, les organisations internationales n’ont pas su résister, quand elles ne les ont pas accompagnés ou aggravés. Une redéfinition radicale de l’économie […]

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Não há Leviatã que vos salve – Parte II

Teses para uma teoria crítica do Estado. Por Robert Kurz: [Nota prévia] Na nova crise económica mundial longe de estar dominada o Estado mostra-se novamente um actor económico central. Prova-se que a doutrina neoliberal sempre tinha um núcleo estatista. A estatalidade constitui um momento objectivo da socialização negativa através do capital. E, tal como nas […]

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Mass Culture and Terrorist Culture

By David Kishik: 1. The great fear of the nineteenth century was that amorphous blob called “the masses.” The masses were irrational, unpredictable, ungovernable, and extremely violent. From the construction of the wide boulevards in Paris to the castle-like armories across New York, the people in charge went out of their way to combat the […]

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Theses on the New European Fascism

An anticipatory paper of Paolo Virno: [excerpts] 1. At the turn of the century, European fascism is the twin brother, which is to say the terrifying “double,” of the most radical instances of freedom and community that arise in the crisis of the labor-based society. It is the malignant caricature of what men and women […]

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