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Cornwall, Andrea (2017) 'The Making and Unmaking of a New Democratic Space.' In: Alvarez, Sonia E. and Rubin, Jeffrey W. and Thayer, Millie and Baiocchi, Gianpaolo and Laó-Montes, Agustín, (eds.), Beyond Civil Society: Activism, Participation, and Protest in Latin America. Duke University Press.

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Narratives of civil society participation often paint an overly rosy picture of engaged citizens enlivening democratic deliberation and democratizing decision-making. In this chapter, I draw on ethnographic research in a “new democratic space” in north-eastern Brazil to explore the politics of institutionalized civil society participation in health governance. Told in three instalments, this chapter traces the biography of a participatory health council through different periods of membership, leadership and local government administrations. In doing so, I juxtapose the normative assumptions of narratives of civil society with the politics and dynamics of participation in this particular political, cultural and social context.

Item Type: Book Chapters
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Development Studies
Departments and Subunits > Department of Anthropology & Sociology
ISBN: 9780822363255
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2018 16:25


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