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Subject/Keyword
ethics
power
prefiguration
self-transformation
ethical struggle
change
freedom
non-domination
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Cucchiara, Salvatore
Supervisor and department
Kellogg, Catherine (Political Science)
Examining committee member and department
Nichols, Robert (Political Science)
Mookerjea, Sourayan (Sociology)
Department
Department of Political Science
Specialization

Date accepted
2012-09-20T14:25:11Z
Graduation date
2012-09
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
The purpose of this investigation is to formulate a theory of change. To this end, I first explore what goal(s) can productively inform a wide range of struggles. I argue in favour of an experimental ethics tentatively geared towards non-domination --a way of organising relations where parties have a hand over the way they are managed. Secondly, I explore what methods are best suited to achieve this goal. I argue that the path to non-domination involves two mutually sustaining processes. First is the cultivation of an ethics that revolves around self-rule, self-control, responsiveness, responsibility, and openness. The second process encompasses the deployment of techniques for change that are qualitatively compatible with non-domination. Such techniques include infrapolitics, discursive challenges, reform, and non-participation, but exclude confrontation and revolution. These two processes combine to prefigure non-domination here and now, if tentatively and imperfectly, instead of relegating it to a distant future.
Language
English
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doi:10.7939/R30T51
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