Between the social and the political

The role of protopolitical sphere in political participation

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Abstract

While Wood and Flinders' work to broaden the scope of what counts as "politics" in political science is a needed adjustment to conventional theory, it skirts an important relationship between society, the protopolitical sphere, and arena politics. We contend, in particular, that the language of everyday people articulates tensions in society, that such tensions are particularly observable online, and that this language can constitute the beginning of political action. Language can be protopolitical and should, therefore, be included in the authors' revised theory of what counts as political participation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)90-98
Number of pages9
JournalDemocratic Theory
Volume5
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

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