We are living in a time when social and political authoritarianism appear to be gaining ground around the world. This book presents the democratic practices, spaces and processes that engage directly with the theoretical assumptions advanced by the epistemologies of the South, summoning other contexts and empirical realities that attest to the possibility of a renewal and deepening of democracy beyond the liberal and representative canon, which is embedded within a world capitalist system.
The chapters in this book put forward the ideas of demodiversity, of high-intensity democracy, of the articulation between representative democracy and participatory democracy as well as, in certain contexts, between both these and other forms of democratic deliberation, such as the communitarian democracy of the indigenous and peasant communities of Africa, Latin America and Asia.
The challenge undertaken in this book is to demand utopia, imagining a post-abyssal democracy that permits the democratizing, decolonizing, decommodifying and depatriarchalizing of social relations. This post-abyssal democracy obliges us to satisfy the maximum definition of democracy and not the minimum, transforming society into fields of democratization that permeate the structural spaces of contemporary societies.
Boaventura de Sousa Santos and José Manuel Mendes
Part I - The pluriverse of democracy
Chapter 1: A new vision for Europe: learning from the Global South
Boaventura de Sousa Santos
Chapter 2: Should Europe learn from Indian secularism?
Chapter 3: Democracy and democratization in Africa: interrogating paradigms and practices
Chapter 4: This world cut into two
Chapter 5: For a politics of revolutionary love
Chapter 6: Andine micropolitics: elementary forms of daily insurgency
Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui
Chapter 7: Politics after the defeat of politics: post-democracy, post-politics and populism
Juan Carlos Monedero
Part II - Struggles for demodiversity
Chapter 8: "Carry their rights, their own way": Dalit struggle for equality
José Manuel Mendes
Chapter 9: The Passe Livre movement in Brazil and the sociology of possibilities
João Alexandre Peschanski
Chapter 10: Another democracy is possible: learnings and lessons for a radical democracy based, the political experience of Chéran, Mexico
Orlando Aragón Andrade
Chapter 11: Aymara Andine democracy: Taypi and deliberative diversity towards intercultural democracy
List of contributors
The Global North has faced growing difficulty in making sense of the broad changes sweeping the world, from the financialization and neoliberalization of the world economy to the growth of inequality on an unknown scale in its persistence, extension and diversification of segregation, discrimination and violence. Uneasiness has been growing within the social sciences at the feeling of inadequacy and even irrelevance of current work and established theory in its attempt to get to grips with such a world.
The main idea underlying this series is that the experience of the world is much broader than the Eurocentric understanding, and what is known as the Global South has been for centuries–and remains in contemporary times–an inexhaustible source of experiences, knowledges, political and social innovations, and celebrations of difference. Challenging the canonical and Eurocentric epistemological tradition, including the social sciences and humanities themselves, this series innovates through the encounter and dialogue with other epistemologies that have historically emerged in the South.