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Transformative State Publics

Cooper, Davina (2016) Transformative State Publics. New Political Science, 38 (3). pp. 315-334. ISSN 0739-3148. E-ISSN 1469-9931. (doi:10.1080/07393148.2016.1189028) (KAR id:56101)


Against the conventional assumption that publics, and particularly radical publics, are outside the state, this article explores their mutual combination and entanglement in order to consider how states might contribute to progressive politics. At the heart of this account is a concept of the state that incorporates the dissident and fleeting, and a conception of transformative publics based on four modalities: prefigurative, improper, liberatory and unconditional. Transformative publics can be found within state formations; they also combine with them to produce new political governance relations. To develop this argument, the article focuses on two kinds of publics: those involving compelled state actors, such as school children and prisoners; and those, such as protest camps, taking shape through grass-roots political action.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/07393148.2016.1189028
Uncontrolled keywords: Counter-publics, public sphere, radical political theory, activism, state theory, political concepts
Subjects: K Law
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Sarah Slowe
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2016 03:48 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2022 09:58 UTC
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Cooper, Davina.

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