Making things political

Authored by: Nina Eliasoph , Paul Lichterman

Handbook of Cultural Sociology

Print publication date:  July  2010
Online publication date:  September  2010

Print ISBN: 9780415474450
eBook ISBN: 9780203891377
Adobe ISBN: 9781134026159

10.4324/9780203891377.ch46

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Abstract

In this short essay we focus on the everyday situations in which people politicize or depoliticize issues. By “politicizing” we mean action, collective or individual, that makes issues or identities into topics of public deliberation or contestation. Depoliticizing means making once-salient issues or identities inaccessible to deliberation or contestation.

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