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Democracy against Neoliberalism in Argentina and Brazil: A by Juan Pablo Ferrero (auth.)

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However, in order to capture the depth and significance, as well as the limitations of the institution of this new force, we need to move beyond approaches that draw exclusively on the role of governments and institutions, and integrate voices and actors that had remained silenced. Thus, the function of this chapter is twofold: firstly, to characterize the context of the investigation, namely, the posttransition years in the region, with an emphasis in Brazil and Argentina. The argument is that the context is a necessary, although limited, element for gaining a full account of significant transformations.

Secondly, new issues can become political as a result of deliberation and participatory practices. Politization of new issues is not the result of voluntary action but rather the effect of the theoretical desacralization 20 DEMOCRACY AGAINST NEOLIBERALISM IN ARGENTINA AND BRAZIL of the public sphere. Deliberation and participation channeled through alternative means, namely, social movements (and not necessarily political institutions) can create innovation by diffusing new problems into the public sphere.

Scholars tend to agree, however, on the necessity to think about the response in light of the multiplication of spaces for transformation as well as the integration of culture/hegemony/symbolic/recognition as key producers of struggles for change, in turn subverting the old subject/object divide. Democracy as Politics The notion of “democratic subjectivities” that I am proposing to use as the analytical framework of this book is inspired by the RD authors. In what follows I specify the links between such a vision of the world and the implications for the understanding of democracy.

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