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The erosion of citizenship

By Bryan S. Turner: (British Journal of Sociology Vol. No. 52 Issue No. 2  – June 2001, pp. 189–209) – Read it at Educating the Global Citizen – “The Marshallian paradigm of social citizenship has been eroded because the social and economic conditions that supported postwar British welfare consensus have been transformed by economic and […]

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The Citizenist Impasse: Contribution to a Critique of Citizenism

By Alain C: By “citizenism” we mean an ideology of which the principal traits are 1) the belief in democracy as something capable of opposing capitalism, 2) the project of reinforcing the State (the States) so as to put this politics in place, [and] 3) the citizen as the active basis for this politics. The goal […]

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Forget the Foundations

The Revolution Will Not Be Funded shows how nonprofit fundraising hinders radical movements By Jeanine Plant See it at: http://www.inthesetimes.com/article/3229/ Powered by ScribeFire.

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Crisis in the home of Participatory Budgeting

Aaron Schneider: [excerpt] The new idea of participatory budgeting, technical accuracy, appears to limit the independence and innovation of civil society. Further, the new practice of participatory budgeting, hierarchical decision-making, seems likely to demobilize the poor, removing their political agency and transforming them from citizens into supplicants. They are no longer mobilized as a support- […]

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Putting social capital in its place

Das, Raju J., Capital & Class, September 22, 2006: The popularity of the social-capital concept partly reflectsthe growing realisation among non-Marxist social scientists—for Marxists, economic processes are always social processes—that economic processes are linked to social relations, which , in turn, influence these processes (Granovetter,  1985). It also reflects the current worldwide neoliberal agenda. In particular, social-capital […]

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