Class 23 - Poor people Their activism is different from the...

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Poor people Their activism is different from the Amnesty-types we've discussed. They focus on collective action (enumeration/savings). They prioritize their own local knowledge over expert knowledge. Public Actions Partnership (Appadurai p40) Spectacular action: make a statement. Toilet festivals: show competency/claim ownership Taking it to the UN (A p40) Articulation across borders slum dwellers live everywhere. Appadurai, p.43. Internal critical debate. Politics of partnership is a gamble (A p44) Beyond the State? What have the Slum Dwellers achieved? SDI: Transnational mobilization beginning with toilets. 1.1 million savers in 388 cities worldwide. Paradox of democracy in 2011: democracy mostly seen in a particular state. BUT. .. Poor people have responded with. .. Direct collaboration/learning between poor communities. Once you mobilize, you appeal to others Governments IO's Lending agencies Businesses Is this type of thing democracy? Not procedural: Elections not the main things Not liberal Rule of law/individual property rights not main focus. But remember: demos + kratos. (people + power) This may be a new form of democracy, which takes us back to old understanding of “popular sovereignty” Deep democracy or democracy from below. How do we understand this activism?
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This note was uploaded on 12/13/2011 for the course POLI 260 taught by Professor Sens,allen during the Spring '09 term at The University of British Columbia.

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