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Political Voice: Protest, Democracy, and Marginalised Groups

Aidan McGarry

The inclusion of marginalised groups is a problem of modern democratic societies as representative democracy is built on principles which favour the majority. Around the world, some sections of society are silenced and actively excluded--including women, migrants, refugees, LGBTIQ, indigenous communities, and ethnic minorities, among others. The voice of the majority is used to contain, diminish, and oppress minorities through institutional racism, violence, erasure from public life, socio-economic exclusion, and gender inequality. As marginalised people around the globe rise up to challenge political regimes, there is a pressing need to understand what political voice is, why is it vital to marginalised and excluded people, and examine its transformative potential.

In Political Voice, Aidan McGarry examines the agency of marginalised people, emphasizing the processes and strategies through which different communities around the world articulate their political voices. McGarry develops an innovative concept of political voice around three elements: autonomy, representation, and constitution. This conceptualization is illustrated through contemporary case studies of two persecuted and silenced groups: LGBTIQ activists in India and Roma mobilization in Europe. The cases show how excluded people articulate their ideas, demands, hopes, and experiences, and what impact these interventions have on democratic institutions. By focusing on the political voices of marginalised groups, McGarry considers democratic expression beyond the ballot box, examining how the articulation of political voice constitutes marginalised groups and democracy itself.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publish Date: Jun 27th, 2024
  • Pages: 232
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00lb
  • EAN: 9780197778241
  • Categories: Activism & Social JusticeHistory & Theory - GeneralSocial Classes & Economic Disparity

About the Author

Aidan McGarry is Professor of International Politics and Associate Dean for Research and Innovation at Loughborough University, London. He has written six books, including Who Speaks for Roma? and Romaphobia: The Last Acceptable Form of Racism. His research has been published in leading international journals, including Social Movement Studies; International Political Science Review; Ethnic and Migration Studies; and the International Journal of Communication. In 2018-2019, he was a EURIAS/Marie Curie Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies, and in 2022-2023, he was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholar Award at the University of Southern California.

Praise for this book

"How do the politically powerless come to be seen and heard? Political Voice is a crucial contribution to understanding contentious politics, providing a conceptual framework for addressing the age-old question of how groups discover their voice. Through insightful analyses of Roma and queer activism, the book explores the non-conventional and disruptive potentialities for transforming the lived realities of marginalized groups and enhancing democratic quality. In an era characterized by democratic erosion and exclusionary nationalism - phenomena that disproportionately impact the groups McGarry studies - the book's endeavor emerges as both noble and necessary." -- Phillip M. Ayoub, Professor of International Relations, University College London

"At once an invitation to reimagine democratic agency and an incitement to speak, this intellectually sonorous book prefigures the vitality of voice while showing its power for queer people in India, Roma in Europe, and marginalised groups rising up around the world." -- Amin Ghaziani, author of Long Live Queer Nightlife: How the Closing of Gay Bars Sparked a Revolution