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Schwierigkeiten mit dem Volk: Politische Geographie und die (Un-) Vernunft der direkten Demokratie


Korf, Benedikt; Truong, Jasmine (2013). Schwierigkeiten mit dem Volk: Politische Geographie und die (Un-) Vernunft der direkten Demokratie. Berichte. Geographie und Landeskunde, 87(2):113-133.

Abstract

In this article, we sketch preliminary contours of the political geographies of (direct) democracy - a scholarly field with a "ghostly presence" in contemporary critical geography. Central to our exploration are the contentious metaphors of the political subjectivity of "the people" and the affective dispositions of rationality versus irrationality discursively attributed to its subjectivity. These metaphors often come up in the political rhetoric of direct democratic politics, when a majority vote of "the people" differs from the preferences of political correctness. We decipher the semantic tensions around the metaphor of "the people as political subject" in the media-discourses that emerged after a well known controversial vote in Switzerland (on the anti-minaret initiative in 2009). Two opposing metaphors are identified: one problematizing the irrational affect of the masses (in voting for populist positions) and one celebrating the people as a rational sovereign and political subject.

Abstract

In this article, we sketch preliminary contours of the political geographies of (direct) democracy - a scholarly field with a "ghostly presence" in contemporary critical geography. Central to our exploration are the contentious metaphors of the political subjectivity of "the people" and the affective dispositions of rationality versus irrationality discursively attributed to its subjectivity. These metaphors often come up in the political rhetoric of direct democratic politics, when a majority vote of "the people" differs from the preferences of political correctness. We decipher the semantic tensions around the metaphor of "the people as political subject" in the media-discourses that emerged after a well known controversial vote in Switzerland (on the anti-minaret initiative in 2009). Two opposing metaphors are identified: one problematizing the irrational affect of the masses (in voting for populist positions) and one celebrating the people as a rational sovereign and political subject.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
Dewey Decimal Classification:910 Geography & travel
Language:German
Date:2013
Deposited On:30 Jan 2014 15:35
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 17:25
Publisher:Selbstverlag der Deutschen Akademie für Landeskunde e. V.
ISSN:2196-6184
Related URLs:http://www.ifl-leipzig.de/de/publikationen/zeitschriften-und-reihen/berichte-geographie-und-landeskunde.html (Publisher)

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