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When Citizens Talk About Politics

1st Edition

Edited by Clare Saunders, Bert Klandermans


256 pages | 7 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781138312180
pub: 2019-08-20
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This book offers novel insights into the way in which people talk about politics across various countries. Drawing on focus groups research in nine countries, including ‘mature’ democracies, post-communist ‘new’ democracies and post-authoritarian ‘new’ democracies, it offers comparative reflection on how talk about political activity is shaped by peoples’ perceptions of specific opportunities to participate, the issues that concern them and the broader political environment. It thus examines citizens’ views of major issues and political grievances in their own words and helps to shed new light reasons for engagement in political acts, whether through electoral or protest channels, or political disengagement.

Table of Contents

Introduction: When Citizens Talk About Politics: Towards an Analytical Framework

Clare Saunders, Bert Klandermans, Stephan Price, Anastasia Garyfallou and Swen Hutter

1. Anti-Politics Statements in Fast-Thinking: What Comes to Mind First When Thinking About Politics

Bert Klandermans and Clare Saunders

2. Discussing Politics in the UK: Non-Violence, Representativeness, Consistency and Fairness and Constitutional Values

Stephan Price and Clare Saunders

3. Discourse About Politics in the Netherlands: Anti-Politics and Populism, More or Less

Maarten J. van Bezouw and Bert Klandermans

4. Idle Democrats? Talking About Politics in Germany

Manès Weisskircher and Swen Hutter

5. Convinced Democrats Under Strain: Talking About Politics in Switzerland

Swen Hutter and Manès Weisskircher

6. Uprising in the Streets and Ballots: Polarisation and Radicalisation in the Greek Crisis

Anastasia Garyfallou

7. Reinvigorating Romania’s Civil Society: Talking About Politics and Corruption in Romania

Ioana-Elena Oană

8. In the Land of Inefficacy: Talking About Hungarian Approaches to Participation

Zsolt Enyedi and Gergő Závecz

9. Distance and Familiarity in Political Talk in Argentina

Sebastián Pereyra and Maximiliano Marentes

10. Political Education as a Problem and Solution: Discussing Participation in Brazil

Camila Pena and Marcelo Rosa

11. Conclusion: How Citizens Talk About Electoral and Protest Politics, A Cross-Country Comparison

Clare Saunders

Methodological Appendix

Maarten J. van Bezouw, Anastasia Garyfallou, Ioana-Elena Oană, Sebastien Rojon and Clare Saunders

About the Editors

Clare Saunders is Professor of Politics in the Environment and Sustainability Institute and Department of Politics at the University of Exeter, UK. She is the author of Environmental Networks and Social Movement Theory and the co-author of Politics and the Environment: From Theory to Practice and Prospects for Citizenship.

Bert Klandermans is Chair in Applied Social Psychology at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He is the author of Social Psychology of Protest and the co-editor of The Handbook of Social Movements Across Disciplines, The Future of Social Movement Research, Methods of Social Movement Research, and The Wiley-BlackwellEncyclopedia of Social Movements.

About the Series

The Mobilization Series on Social Movements, Protest, and Culture

The Mobilization Series on Social Movements, Protest, and Culture

Published in conjunction with Mobilization: An International Quarterly, the premier research journal in the field, this series publishes a broad range of research in social movements, protest and contentious politics. This is a growing field of social science research that spans sociology and political science as well as anthropology, geography, communications and social psychology. Enjoying a broad remit, the series welcomes books on the following topics: social movement networks; social movements in the global South; social movements, protest, and culture; personalist politics, such as living environmentalism, guerrilla gardens, anticonsumerist communities, and anarchist-punk collectives; and emergent repertoires of contention.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General