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Cornwall, Andrea (2017) 'The Making and Unmaking of a New Democratic Space.' In: Alvarez, Sonia E., Rubin, Jeffrey W., Thayer, Millie, Baiocchi, Gianpaolo and Laó-Montes, Agustín, (eds.), Beyond Civil Society: Activism, Participation, and Protest in Latin America. Durham; London: Duke University Press, pp. 63-80.

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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
Copyright Statement: 'The Making and Unmaking of a New Democratic Space' was originally published in Beyond Civil Society: Activism, Participation, and Protest in Latin America, Alvarez, Sonia E. and Rubin, Jeffrey, Thayer, Millie, Baiocchi, Gianpaolo, Laó-Montes, Agustín, (eds.), pps. 63-80. (c) 2017, Duke University Press. All rights reserved. No reuse without permission. SOAS may not place any sort of cc license on this material, nor allow any reuse (other than for personal reading, citing).
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Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2018 16:25

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