RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2018

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31 Author Meets Critics: The Priority of Injustice: Locating Democracy in Critical Theory by Clive Barnett
Affiliation Geographies of Justice Research Group
History and Philosophy of Geography Research Group
Convenor(s) Sam Kinsley (University of Exeter, UK)
Clive Barnett (University of Exeter, UK)
Chair(s) Sam Kinsley (University of Exeter, UK)
Timetable Wednesday 29 August 2018, Session 2 (11:10 - 12:50)
Room Sir Martin Evans Building - Shared Lecture Theatre
Session abstract Debates about radical democracy, Barnett argues, have become trapped around a set of oppositions between deliberative and agonistic theories. While these debates are often framed in terms of consensus versus contestation, The Priority of Injustice unpacks the assumptions about space and time that underlie different understandings of the sources of political conflict and shows how these differences reflect deeper philosophical commitments to theories of creative action or revived ontologies of “the political.” Rather than developing ideal theories of democracy or models of proper politics, the book argues that attention should turn toward the practices of claims-making through which political movements express experiences of injustice and make demands for recognition, redress, and repair. By rethinking the spatial grammar of discussions of public space, democratic inclusion, and globalization, the book develops a conceptual framework for analyzing the crucial roles played by geographical processes in generating and processing contentious politics.
Contact the conference organisers to request a change to session or paper details: ac2018@rgs.org
Panel discussion
Jane Wills (University of Exeter, UK)
Juliet Davis (Cardiff University, UK)
Erik Swyngedouw (The University of Manchester, UK)