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Power of the People: En Antropologisk studie om valdeltagande i Sverige
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, Cultural Anthropology.
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The idea of the democratic promise is equality and freedom for all. But how can it be that we participate in the democratic electoral process and which meaning do we put into our participation? This study takes us through the democratic idea from an anthropological perspective and try to give an interpretation of the phenomenon of electoral participation. The essay starts with describing the anthropological view on democracy and then turns to the output in Pierre Bourdieu's theories of the election as a mysterious and concealing ritual. This is followed by interviews with people where I simply ask them why they get involved in electoral processes. I find the answer that participation depends on the logical idea that democracy has implemented in my informants and to vote has become the rational and logical, rather than mysterious.

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2012. , 31 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-175268OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-175268DiVA: diva2:530751
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2012-07-10 Created: 2012-06-04 Last updated: 2013-05-28Bibliographically approved

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