Democracy

Led by Andrew Wallace

local community, urban movements, participation, mobilisation, protest, activism

The populist surges and anti-elite sentiments of the 2010s opened up new and intensified old questions about the capacity of democratic systems to secure rights, freedoms and opportunities for citizens. Our work in this research area probes these dynamics through an examination of, inter alia, community relations, ideas of resilience, urban marginalisations, uneven economic geographies, resurgent nationalisms, biopolitical gambits and oppositional experiments and activisms. We explore how projects of equality, solidarity and liberty are continually foreclosed and prised open and work with a normative orientation that seeks capacious and disruptive political responses to the enclosures and chauvinisms of our time.

Case study on local resilience and democracy by Mark Davis and Katy Wright
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Online essay by Andrew Wallace in Discover Society
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Discussion event with Myka Tucker-Abramson, Mark Davis and Andrew Wallace
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A Brexit short story by Adrian Favell, after J.G.Ballard
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Adrian Favell springs the trap in contemporary social and critical theory. Essay for Tokyo art journal VA+ (PDF)
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Book and project talks from invited speakers contributing to public debates about political disaffection in the North of England
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