Monthly Archives: February 2013

Social Property and Political Struggle.


We are pleased to feature a version of this paper, delivered by Prof. Davina Cooper at our first seminar. The accompanying audio is here.

With its focus on contestation, authority, normativity, attachment and power, social property here speaks to the agonistic character of politics. It also speaks, importantly to the on-going challenge for a contemporary progressive politics of developing and consolidating new hegemonic institutionalised practices (such as equality law) while simultaneously enabling, engaging with and benefiting from dissent. For dissent (or disorder) keeps progressive hegemonies vibrant, relevant and responsive. This may be true even when dissent comes from the right. Thus, while a liberal response to the cases focuses on identifying the “better” decision, our interest is in standing back from the cases to explore the place of dissent in developing a progressive institutional politics.

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