This book presents a study that undertakes an examination of participatory practices in contemporary theatre, performance and the visual arts, setting these against the broader social and political horizons of civic participation. It reconsiders the status of participation, with particular emphasis on participatory art both beyond a judgement of its social qualities as well as the confines of format and devising. The book attempts a cross-disciplinary discussion of participation, bringing together examples from the field of applied and community theatre, performance art and participatory visual arts. Gestures of participation in performance indicate possibilities for reconfiguring civic participation in public spaces in unexpected ways. Thus, less emphasis is laid on direct opposition and instead seeking a variety of modes of resisting co-optation, through unsolicited, vicarious or delicate gestures of participation. The book examines the question of institutional critique in relation to participatory art. It moves on to address the relationship between participatory art and the concept of 'impact'. A close examination of one workshop setting using the methodological framework of the 'theatre of the oppressed' in the context of a political party-led initiative follows. The book follows two conceptually inspired performance projects Where We Are Not? and If I Could Take Your Place? Finally, it emphasizes on how common-sense assumptions around audience participation in theatre and performance theory are called into question by the artwork's foregrounding of sleep as a mode of participation.
(especially, but not exclusively, in the area of constitutional
change), and secondly, it has the potential to promote a greater degree of civicparticipation than could occur under a purely representative democracy.
Popular sovereignty and the referendum in Irish
The rhetoric of popular sovereignty features prominently in the text of the
1937 Constitution. Effectively it overlaps with and blends into the partner idea
of national sovereignty. This is captured in Article 1’s assertion that ‘The Irish
nation … affirms its inalienable, indefeasible, and
community was mobilised for reform through drawing-room meetings. Kinship
networks had varied implications for middle-class women’s public
lives, from bringing Scotswomen’s reforming concerns to a London
audience to facilitating daughters’ entry into public life. Yet, the feminine
public sphere represents more than an arena for middle-class women’s
reforming activities, and it is best understood as a site of middle-class
women’s contribution to middle-class identity. Civicparticipation was
a hallmark of middle-class culture in the 1870 to 1914 period. Affluent
area marked as an aesthetic space, wherein they may reflect or represent the world outside,
undisturbed or untouched by it; rather, these two dimensions are
porous, connected by a vector shuttling back and forth between them,
not merely transporting ideas from one dimension to the other, but
affecting and transforming each of them in the process.
The present study undertakes an examination of participatory practices in contemporary theatre, performance and the visual arts, setting
these against the broader social and political horizons of civicparticipation. It does
Refugees, gender and citizenship in
Britain and France
This chapter explores the question of citizenship-building processes in
relation to women asylum seekers and refugees and their civicparticipation
not only in discrete refugee women’s community associations or organisations (RCOs) but also in (longer established) migrant women’s community
associations.1 Its aim is fourfold: first, it discusses the relationship between the
question of citizenship, refugee women and their associations; second, it
presents an overview
(Schumpeter 1952). For Schumpeter, democracy is conceived as no
more than a political method for electing the political elites. Schumpeter
argues that an overly participative society would be an inherently unstable polity, basing his views on limited civicparticipation on three sets
of assumptions: the incompetence of the typical citizen to make sound
decisions; the tendency to irrationality of the public; and the fact that
greater participation gives greater space for special interest groups to
pursue their own ends (see Weale 2007, p. 121). Held (1987, p. 192
Tiger’ years were coloured by the
decidedly un-republican combination of doctrinaire neo-liberalism and a more
Of course it would be naive to interpret this post-crisis reflection as heralding
something of a civic-republican ‘moment’. One public intellectual noted that,
in the aftermath of the economic collapse, the prevailing public mood could
be summarised as ‘ASAP’ – ‘anti-state, anti-politics’.22 Another commentator
bemoaned the absence of a culture of or infrastructure for civicparticipation at
the local level in particular. O
Precarious objects is a book about activism and design. The context is the changes in work and employment from permanent to precarious arrangements in the twenty-first century in Italy. The book presents design interventions that address precarity as a defuturing force affecting political, social and material conditions. Precarious objects shows how design objects, called here ‘orientation devices’, recode political communication and reorient how things are imagined, produced and circulated. It also shows how design as a practice can reconfigure material conditions and prefigure ways to repair some of the effects of precarity on everyday life. Three microhistories illustrate activist repertoires that bring into play design, and design practices that are grounded in activism. While the vitality, experimental nature and traffic between theory and praxis of social movements in Italy have consistently attracted the interest of activists, students and researchers in diverse fields, there exists little in the area of design research. This is a study of design activism at the intersection of design theory and cultural research for researchers and students interested in design studies, cultural studies, social movements and Italian studies.
The jurisdictional disputes of the thirteenth century reflect the difficulty of shared governance and the evolution of civicparticipation and governance. Individual and group piety gave way to greater attention to civic and economic concerns. Increased attempts at the assertion of ecclesiastical oversight often resulted in resistance from institutions and groups. Leadership of hospital management became politicized, as did membership for some in the hospital staffing community. Urban citizens became more engaged in the
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Grotz (Eds), The Palgrave handbook of volunteering,
civicparticipation, and nonprofit
association s (pp. 580 – 606 ). Houndmills : Palgrave Macmillan .
Becchetti , L. , Giachin Ricca , E. , & Pelloni , A. ( 2012 ).
The relationship between social