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ECPR Futures Lab 2020

Politicization From an Ethnographic Perspective (ETHNOPOL- groupe de projet AFSP)

Political Sociology
Panel Number
Panel Chair
Romain Pudal
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Panel Co-Chair
Marie Vannetzel
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Panel Discussant
Thibaut Jaulin
Sciences Po Paris

10/09/2016 09:00 - 10:40
Building: Faculty of Arts Floor: Ground Room: FA018
In perusing the academic literature on "ordinary" relations to politics and politicization (specifically in the working class), numerous studies reveal the multiple forms of incompetence , disinterest , and even apathy supposed to exist in this milieu, while others point out the absence of politics, its diminishing presence, or even its avoidance . However, ethnographic inquiries can drive us to radically rethink our initial conception and to become more attentive to the methods of creation and expression of political opinions. It also steered us towards a more interactionist approach to politicization that sought to construct an ethnography of ordinary relations to politics . We can reconstruct certain elements of a study in line with the "Malinowskian revolution": long-term immersion, primacy conferred to context, and beliefs inferred by the researcher without exclusive recourse to propositional content. Political opinions appeared less as “a deliberate choice founded on free will according to the ordinary conception of the political game, surveys, and political intellectuals” , than as variable translations of specific social and professional conditions . In this sense, this panel will contribute to the debate around the arguments set forth by Anne Norton, who prompts reflection on American citizens' “ordinary relations” to politics by fully delving into their daily life, since, according to her, a better understanding of individuals' behavior in ordinary times sheds light on their political behavior in general, as well as on their political behavior during particular events, such as elections.

The panel welcomes contributions addressing cases located in different social backgrounds, as the ordinary formation process of opinions stands as a cross-cutting question and can be best understood through comparative ethnography.

Paper List

Title Details
Political Entourage and the Construction of Leadership View Paper Details
Politicized Discourse and Practical Relationships to Domination: Contradictions in the Everyday Life of a Working-Class Family View Paper Details
Politics in the fire station ? View Paper Details
Studying relatives, neighbours and friends. An inquiry on ordinary relations to politics in the context of a French election campaign View Paper Details
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