Democratic Theorizing

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This chapter presents democratic theorizing as a participatory approach to developing democratic theory. Democratic theorizing is inspired by the deliberative values of inclusion, diversity, listening, and transparency. In contrast to established approaches to theorizing democracy, democratic theorizing includes human and nonhuman research participants in the theorizing process. Bringing together insights from grounded theory, participatory research, and assemblage theory, democratic theorizing enhances the formative agency of those outside academia. Drawing on a democratic theorizing project with the Black Lives Matter movement, this chapter provides a step-by-step guide which takes the reader through the different phases a democratic theorizing project might comprise.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch Methods in Deliberative Democracy
EditorsSelen Ercan, Hans Asenbaum, Nicole Curato, Ricardo Mendonça
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9780192873361
ISBN (Print)9780192848925
Publication statusPublished - 2022


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