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Creating real democracy by the 15-M movement

Uludasdemir, Volkan (2016) Creating real democracy by the 15-M movement.

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Abstract:This thesis provides an intensive analysis of the Spanish 15-M movement. This certain movement emerged 2011 and has since then mobilised the spanish population to express their disbelief for the government on power. They focused on post-financial social and economic problems and demanded the end to the imposed austerity measures as well a change in the political landscape by challenging the parliamentary monarchy as representatives. The focus of the analysis is to uncover evidence for their claim: Real Democracy Now. By applying the ́Ten Thesis ́ of Jacques Rancière as theoretical foundation the analysis is revealing the movements structure, strategy and the extent the movement created real democracy. Furthermore the analysis is conducted with an dataset emerged out of media reports. Nonetheless the analysis revealed that the movement created through is occupation of the public sphere a self-sustainable concept towards real democracy, in respect of democracy. Furthermore the research uncovered that they not only developed solutions with their assembly practices, they inspired the people to consider to take actively part in politics to change the opposed austerity measures and in general the overall perception about democracy. The movement itself created real democracy and moreover started an active discourse about direct participation as new solution.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 71 sociology, 89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
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