Political geography: democracy and the disorderly public

Lynn A. Staeheli

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This progress report reviews recent research on the role that disorder plays in fostering democracy. Disorder can be a powerful tool in fostering democracy because it highlights the conflicts, the agonism, that are inherent in democratic politics. More than a form of government or a set of outcomes, democracy can be conceptualized as a process through which agonism is expressed and action is taken. Yet agonism disrupts what seem to be settled relationships and practices, as new people, voices, and ideas enter the public sphere. Research in political geography has examined material and virtual spaces for public address in which groups struggle to expand, and in some cases reorder, democratic publics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-78
Number of pages12
JournalProgress in Human Geography
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2010


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