Cross analysing less visible participation and its publics

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Back to the future? Cross analysing less visible participation and its publics. Proposal for a thematic session, IPA Conference 2015

Les organisateur(e)s :

  • Neveu Catherine (IIAC-TRAM, CNRS-EHESS),
  • Fauquette Alexandre (CERAPS, Lille 2),
  • Cantelli Fabrizio (GRAP, ULB),
  • Carrel Marion (Ceries, Lille 3),
  • Revel Martine (CERAPS, Lille 2),
  • Vanhoenacker Maxime (IIAC-TRAM, CNRS-EHESS).

Abstract The multiplication of institutionalised devices of participatory democracy" (such as participatory budgets, citizens jurys, etc) has induced a proliferating research. Meanwhile participation cannot be limited to its more institutionalised forms. There are indeed a number of hardly visible spaces, especially in social movements and people's education" (education populaire), where less equipped" (Mazeaud 2010) or professionalised (Nonjon 2006) forms of participation are developed. These less visible forms of participation, many of which refuse to be designated as such, can renew critical social analysis, question the distribution of powers and redefine who their publics should be.This panel aims at opening a collective discussion on these more discreet and less visible form and cultures of participation, on how they constitute publics, and on their potential eff ects on them. The aim is also to question how these publics a ect the forms and organisation of such devices. This undisciplined" collective discussion will be organised around 3 topics: constituting publics as a legitimating stake for those less institutionalised forms of participation; how choices made by these publics influence the devices; and reversely, their eff ects on these same publics. Wider issues are common to the 3 topics: how do publics use such collective action or education populaire" devices or approaches? Is access to them less costly than in the case of more institutionalised devices? These less visible forms of participation are indeed supposed to be more attractive for individuals who are relatively cut from public services and/or the political sphere. Such a postulate nevertheless requires a critical discussion: is it really the case they constitute di erent publics? Contributions from all disciplinary backgrounds will be considered, with a special attention being paid to empirically grounded research.