Democratic Assemblage

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Democracy, as I will argue, is more than institutional design, more than assembly. It is assemblage. Democracy is not only constituted by carefully planned processes, but also by the many things – human and non-human – that assemble in ever novel and unforeseen configurations. Democracy is a moment in which material objects, sentient bodies, and performative expressions align in a manner that affords freedom and equality. The term democratic assemblage does not only denote a formation that realizes democratic core values, but also the very process by which such a constellation is brought about. Democratic assemblage is both a state and a becoming. As subjective experience, democracy is felt in these moments when freedom and equality align to mutually actualize each other. These moments are part of fluid processes of a becoming democracy, a living assemblage that is ever in the making.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWhat Makes an Assembly?
Subtitle of host publicationStories, Experiments, and Inquiries
EditorsAnne Davidian, Laurent Jeanpierre
Place of PublicationGermany
PublisherSternberg Press
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9783956796456
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2023


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