Focusing on the increasing refusal and transgression of politics as normal across the globe, this book examines new forms of democratisation, democratic life and political subjectivity, as people seek to gain control over the decisions and processes affecting their lives.
The contributors to this volume challenge the hegemonic truth regimes of political science by bringing to our attention practices and discussions on the margins of political theorisation and conceptualisation. They offer a pluridiveristy of theorisations and engagements that mirror the very practises of democratic life of which they speak. They demonstrate how research on the margins enables us to develop and deepen our conceptualisation and engagement with these new forms of democratic thought and practice, and hence our understanding of the political and the transformation of political science.
These new forms of politics call into question the epistemological authority of political science, and this book will be of interest to those seeking to understand the increasing trend towards prefigurative epistemologies, decolonising methodologies and participatory forms of becoming political.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Social Identities.
Introduction – Reoccupying the political: transforming political science
Jim Jose and Sara C. Motta
1. Mining, social contestation and the reclaiming of voice in Australia’s democracy
2. The transformation of the Occusphere
3. Monitoring social media and protest movements: ensuring political order through surveillance and surveillance discourse
4. Latin America as political science’s other
Sara C. Motta
5. ‘A brutal blow against the democratic normality’: unlearning the epistemology of the political
6. The gift of the political
7. On ‘outsourcing’ the political in political science