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Activism and Capitalism
Activism and Capitalism

On the Forms of Engagement

Author(s): Aleksandar Matković
Subject(s): Social Philosophy
Published by: Institut za filozofiju i društvenu teoriju
Keywords: active citizenship; activism; Ellen Meiksins Wood; Engin Isin; capitalism

Summary/Abstract: This short essay aims at providing an outline for a critical reflection on the notion of activism and to bring to attention the significance for distinguishing between different forms of engagement in contemporary neoliberal societies. The article traces the history of the notion of ‘activism’ and argues that it went hand in hand with the reduction of heterogeneous political activity to immediate generic action. In order to counter such a reduction, the article relies on the work of Ellen Meiksins Wood and her critical history of the development of the liberal conception of citizenship. In conclusion, it will be argued that the conceptual significance of the notion of capitalism is crucial for distinguishing between different forms and figures of political activity – from the ‘activist’, ‘active citizen’ and what Engin Isin termed ‘activist citizenship’.

  • Issue Year: 27/2016
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 387-397
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: English