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Neoliberalism, the Street, and the Forum

February 26, 2014 Leave a comment

That’s the title of the talk I’m giving Wednesday February 26 at Spelman College, Atlanta, GA, 3-5 p.m., Cosby Reading Room, 2d floor.

This is a lecture for SOPHIA, the Atlanta-based political theory colloquium.  More info here: http://sophiaatl.org/

 

Spelman talk moved to Feb. 26

February 11, 2014 Leave a comment

Because of the looming storm, my SOPHIA talk is postponed until February 26.  More details to come.

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Giving talk at Spelman Feb. 12, 2014 on Social Movements and Deliberative Publics

February 10, 2014 Leave a comment

This Wednesday, February 12 at 3 p.m., I’m giving a talk at Spelman College as part of the SOPHIA (Series on Political Philosophy in Atlanta) talks.  

“Social Movements and Deliberative Publics: Countering Neoliberalism’s Anti-Politics”

Reconceptualizing the relationship between the social (e.g. new social movements) and the political (namely, deliberative publics) provides a way to counter neoliberalism’s anti-politics. I start this paper by explaining the problem of political elites deferring to market mechanisms rather than engaging in political thinking, deliberating, and judging other ways to address problems. Then I describe the present tension between (i) new social movements that also seem to shun politics (i.e., the politics of deliberative choice) in favor of protests and demands and (ii) deliberative publics, from informal citizen deliberations to formal legislative ones. I argue, following Iris Marion Young, that this tension between “the activist” and “the deliberative democrat” is not oppositional but rather is productive. This is best understood by conceptualizing the various moments in a larger political process, which includes the steps of naming and framing public issues as well as deliberation and choice.  This brings to light the need for more formal entry points for citizen public deliberation into the political process as well as the importance that social movements play in challenging the status quo and showing what is being marginalized and needs to be addressed. Finally, I show how the challenge is especially pressing as neoliberalism goes global.