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Citizens in Everyday Life
Citizens in Everyday Life

Author(s): Tanya Nedelcheva, Svetla Koleva, Dimitrina Popilieva, Diana Nenkova
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Институт по философия и социология при БАН
Keywords: everyday citizenship; civic engagement; collective action; non-institutionalized civic initiative.

Summary/Abstract: What are the developments that occur in view of the ineffectiveness of institutionalized politics, and which underlie the upsurge of spontaneous, reactive, situational manifestations of civic action? What is the driving force behind a solidary and vigorous civil society? On the basis of survey results, the article argues that civil society is the product of constant, daily efforts, here and now, to achieve a decent life for each and all. The practices of the so-called everyday/ordinary/active citizenship are presented, i.e., civic initiatives and mobilizations conducted outside the traditional institutions of political action (political parties, trade unions) and outside the classical forms of direct and representative democracy; everyday citizenship is engendered in the space of everyday life in response to the unjust or illegal appropriation of a public good, or in response to problems that are unrecognized or ignored by the public authorities.

  • Issue Year: 46/2014
  • Issue No: Special
  • Page Range: 88-106
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: English