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Strategies of Deliberation: Bourdieu and Struggles over Legitimate Positions
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2015 (Swedish)In: Political Studies, ISSN 0032-3217, E-ISSN 1467-9248, Vol. 63, no 5, 1103-1119 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Bourdieusian contributions to the discourse on deliberative democracy have recently proved issues of ‘deliberativeinequality’ to be more complicated than previously imagined. Some have come to question the desirability orsufficiency of deliberative forms of politics. Others, like James Bohman, have found Bourdieu’s theorizing lacking theconception of people’s reflexive capacities required to understand social and political change. Critics and defendersof deliberative politics alike place Bourdieu in opposition to deliberation. In contrast, this article argues that Bourdieuprovides, through the concepts investment, field and symbolic capital, an alternative vision of deliberative change. Thisalternative view bases strategies for change on investment in social fields, in which agents work for the expansion ofnorms that allow them to make legitimate claims. Empirical findings from the literature on participatory budgetingsupport the argument that the Bourdieusian view is highly relevant to debates about the transformative potential of‘mini-publics’ in deliberative systems.

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Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell, 2015. Vol. 63, no 5, 1103-1119 p.
Keyword [en]
deliberative democracy, Bourdieu, equality, public sphere, marginalization
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Political Science
Research subject
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-232412DOI: 10.1111/1467-9248.12139ISI: 000368235700008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-232412DiVA: diva2:747910
Available from: 2014-09-17 Created: 2014-09-17 Last updated: 2016-02-16Bibliographically approved

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