GLOBAL KNOWLEDGE FOR GLOBAL CHANGE

BRICS and Rising Powers

Unruly Politics is a new research theme being developed by the IDS Participation, Power and Social Change Team to better understand the modalities of political action in the contemporary world.

The work seeks to develop a "seeing like a citizen" approach to understanding citizen engagement beyond the "visible spectrum" of governance and participation as conventionally defined in development policy and practice.

Our research agenda focuses on why and how citizens act politically in ways that are often described as unruly, illegitimate and irrational. The focus of this framework is on political actions which escape, exceed or transgress 'civil' forms of civic and democratic engagement, in that they characteristically take forms that are juridically illegible, extra-legal, disruptive of the social order, strident or rude, whether this be in the form of riots and revolts, or through the use of humour, disruptive aesthetics or eroticism in engagements with power.

The research draws on team members' previous work in Bangladesh, Brazil, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Mozambique and the UK. Since the research agenda and an "Unruly Politics Manifesto" were launched at an IDS Seminar in March 2011, the group has initiated a four-country comparative study of 'Food rights and food riots', developed a new 'Unruly Politics' module for the IDS MA course in Participation, Power and Social Change, helped to convene an international event on the Changing Face of Citizen Action, presented initial findings at international conferences and published a number of reflection pieces on the Participation, Power and Social Change blog and other electronic debate fora, including UNRISD Views and OpenDemocracy.

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