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The changing nature of the ‘political’
Editor: Nathan Manning

In what ways is the meaning and practice of politics changing? Why might so many people feel dissatisfied and disaffected with electoral politics? What approaches do political activists use to raise issues and mobilise people for action? What role does the internet and social media play in contemporary citizenship and activism? This book brings together academics from a range of disciplines with political activists and campaigners to explore the meaning of politics and citizenship in contemporary society and the current forms of political (dis)engagement. It provides a rare dialogue between analysts and activists which will be especially valuable to academics and students across the social sciences, in particular sociology and political science.

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This original edited collection explores the value of public engagement in a wider social science context. Its main themes range from the dialogic character of social science to the pragmatic responses to the managerial policies underpinning the restructuring of Higher Education. The book is organised in three parts: the first encourages the reader to reflect upon the different social and political inflections of public engagement and offers one university example of a social science café in Bristol. The following sections are based upon talks given in the café and are linked by a concern with public engagement and the contribution of social science to a reflexive understanding of the dilemmas and practices of daily life. This highly topical book will be of interest to academics, practitioners and students interested in critical social issues as they impact on their everyday lives.

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A Perspective from the Global South

The idea of public sociology, as introduced by Michael Burawoy, was inspired by the sociological practice in South Africa known as ‘critical engagement’. This volume explores the evolution of critical engagement before and after Burawoy’s visit to South Africa in the 1990s and offers a Southern critique of his model of public sociology.

Involving four generations of researchers from the Global South, the authors provide a multifaceted exploration of the formation of new knowledge through research practices of co-production.

Tracing the historical development of ‘critical engagement’ from a Global South perspective, the book deftly weaves a bridge between the debates on public sociology and decolonial frameworks.

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Author: Roy Parker

137 CHAPTER 10 Evidence, judgement, values and engagement* Relevant and reliable research should inform both policy and practice. Nevertheless, the use of evidence remains decidedly patchy: serious obstacles remain that arise from the nature of the evidence at issue, from the unavoidable need for judgement, from the underlying values involved and, finally, from the vicissitudes of ‘political will’. I Evidence How confident should we be in what research concludes? Rather crudely one might begin by identifying three levels: evidence that is fairly

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189 10 Conclusion: Towards an organic model of regulating for engagement Bronwen Morgan, Morag McDermont and Martin Innes Introduction Regulation scholarship has typically been domain-specific, focusing on a particular industry (such as financial services) or a specific legislative domain (such as health and safety). Even when theorising at a general level, it has drawn its theoretical insights from domain-specific research. By contrast, the imaginative heart of each of the explorations laid out in the preceding chapters has been the holistic lived

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121 SEVEN A shifting paradigm: engendering the politics of community engagement in India Martha Farrell and Rajesh Tandon Introduction Community development, as a distinctive approach to socioeconomic development, began to be official practice in India in the early 1950s. Although such approaches have, in different ways, addressed women’s experiences of discrimination in society, the specificity of women’s needs and their gendered identities have largely been ignored. As a result, the agency of women has not, historically, been given sufficient attention

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Key messages Increasing community-based practices and culturally-competent approaches can promote the perpetrators’ engagement in interventions among Turkish groups in England. The inextricable connections among class, gender power relations and racialisation should be considered in understanding marginalised ethnic perpetrators’ engagement in interventions. Perpetrators who engage in domestic violence intervention programmes are more likely to complete these programmes than participants who may attend but do not engage ( Kelly and Westmarland

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Part Two Public engagement in practice

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105 Part Two: Contemporary political (dis)engagements

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derivative works do not need to be licensed on the same terms. RESEARCH Gender, ownership and engagement during the European Union referendum: gendered frames and the reproduction of binaries Roberta Guerrina, r.guerrina@surrey.ac.uk University of Surrey, UK Theofanis Exadaktylos, t.exadaktylos@surrey.ac.uk University of Surrey, UK Simona Guerra, gs219@leicester.ac.uk University of Leicester, UK The European Union referendum was supposed to be a significant moment for political engagement and ownership in the UK. This article looks at how the two official European

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