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Гражданите и пазарът. Дискурсите на един градски конфликт
The citizens and the market. Discourses of a civil conflict

Author(s): Nikola Venkov
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Фондация за хуманитарни и социални изследвания - София
Keywords: civil society; urban policy; urban confl ict; discourse theory; hegemonic discourse

Summary/Abstract: Here I present a successful example of citizen action, mobilised by a local urban social confl ict. I analyse how the action group constitutes itself, organises and achieves success in infl uencing municipal policy. This study lends concreteness to the notion of „civil society“ that in Bulgaria is still seen largely as an abstract ideal. It counters the widely-held idea that here policy-making is beyond the reach of the common citizen and that Bulgarian society is not yet able to mobilise for defending its rights and interests. My argument here is that the most powerful weapon that civil society can use is its mastery on shaping public discourse.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 39
  • Page Range: 139-162
  • Page Count: 24
  • Language: Bulgarian