Everyday Radicalism and the Democratic Imagination: Dissensus, Rebellion and Utopia

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Everyday Radicalism and the Democratic Imagination: Dissensus, Rebellion and Utopia


  • Daniel Silver Department of Politics, University of Manchester, UK


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Abstract:  The prevalence of social injustice suggests the need for radical transformation of political economy and governance. This article develops the concept of ‘everyday radicalism’, which positions the everyday as a potential site of social change. Everyday radicalism is based on three main elements: dissensus and a rupture with dominant practices; collective rebellion and the creation of alternatives on a micro-scale; and the connection of these practices with utopian ideas to be able to develop strategies for social justice. The potential application of everyday radicalism is illustrated through a case study of a women’s social intervention in Manchester. The article aims to show how everyday radicalism has the potential to contribute knowledge towards the transformation of everyday life and the institutions that govern society.

Keywords:  democracy; governance; political economy; prefigurative; radical; utopia

Published:   3 April 2018


DOI: https://doi.org/10.17645/pag.v6i1.1213


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