Politics of Engagement in an Age of Differing Voices

European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology, Vol 5 No 1-2 (2018)

“This special issue on Politics of Engagement in an Age of Differing Voices is the result of a joint effort by the 16 authors whose texts create this selection, the authors of this introduction, and the three additional editors, Risto Alapuro, Markku Lonkila, and Tuomas Ylä-Anttila, who have greatly helped us in all the various steps that constructing such a publication requires. However, this compilation also has a prehistory that dates far further back and includes people who are not among the authors, but without whom this issue would not have seen the light of day. […] The title chosen to illustrate the overall theme of this special issue is Politics of Engagement in an Age of Differing Voices. With this title, we wanted to address a set of questions that are simultaneously empirical and theoretical. Human communities today struggle with old and new problems: disputes and dissonances over political projects, environmental crises, and even over everyday habits and routines are reaching unforeseen dimensions on multiple levels of social organisation. The resulting tendencies to radicalisation, polarisation, and tensions within and between nations and localities invite us to pose anew the question ‘how to build commonality’. In other words: how can we solve conflicts and adjust to different ways of relating to the world and to fellow humans in order to create and maintain mutual understanding? How can we build common ground while simultaneously acknowledging and reserving space for differing voices? These questions, we believe, open avenues for analysing key cultural trends in today’s societies, including processes of politicisation, participation, or marginalisation. Pragmatic sociology provides promising tools for addressing these issues both as empirical puzzles and as conceptual problems.” (Eeva Luhtakallio & Laurent Thévenot)


Eeva Luhtakallio & Laurent Thévenot: “Politics of engagement in an age of differing voices” Pages: 1-11

Marie Leth Meilvang, Hjalmar Bang Carlsen & Anders Blok: “Methods of engagement: On civic participation formats as composition devices in urban planning” Pages: 12-41

Veikko Eranti: “Engagements, grammars, and the public: From the liberal grammar to individual interests” Pages: 42-65

Jarkko Salminen: “The spatial logics of justification – the case of a dispute over a car-free street in Tampere, Finland” Pages: 66-89

Itamar Y. Shachar, Lesley Hustinx, Lonneke Roza & Lucas C. P. M. Meijs: “A new spirit across sectors: Constructing a common justification for corporate volunteering” Pages: 90-115

Taina Meriluoto: “Neutral experts or passionate participants? Renegotiating expertise and the right to act in Finnish participatory social policy” Pages: 116-139

Qamar Ali & Julia Brandl: “How complex domination enables selection: Academic hiring conventions in a Pakistani university” Pages: 140-164

Adam Gajdoš & Ivana Rapošová: “Juggling grammars, translating common-place: Justifying an anti-liberal referendum to a liberal public” Pages: 165-193

Victor Albert & Maria Davidenko: “Justification work: The homeless workers’ movement and the pragmatic sociology of dissent in Brazil’s crisis” Pages: 194-217

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