SPSA Conference 2021 LIVE ONLINE* *Registered participants will also have access to all workshop recordings until March 15th 2021
Democracy demands that all people have the same credibility in community- and political/policy decision-influencing processes, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, immigration status, income level, past family income, education level, life experience, criminal record, or any additional “other” category that might separate some from the whole. As demonstrated in the 2020 presidential election in the United States, the vote can be the great political equalizer, with the rule of one-person, one vote (except, in the case of Florida, an individual is a convicted felon who has not fulfilled the terms of punishment—both in prison time and in financial levies).
To view our political systems so simply blocks our collective view of the power imbalances that enable four distinct classes: the manipulators, the manipulated, the mobilizers, and the mobilized. Both the manipulated and mobilized are, at first, possessing unequal power compared to the manipulators and mobilizers. The difference is that the mobilized become influential through empowerment, whereas the manipulated remain under the control of the powerful.
This workshop will explore dimensions of and solutions to political and social inequalities, inequities, and resultant consequences for electoral and participatory democracy. The focus will be not on excluded citizens but “included-out citizens” who lack the status and/or the personal efficacy to meaningfully engage in community and political life.
Workshop Outline & Suggested Readings
Thursday, January 7
8:00am - 11:00am
Defining the Other in Democracy—The Included-Out Citizen
Ci, Jiwie. 2013. “Agency and Other Stakes of Poverty.” The Journal of Political Philosophy, 21(2), 125-150.
Erni, John Nguyet. 2016. “Citizenship Management: On the Politics of Being Included-Out.” International Journal of Cultural Studies, 19(3), 323-340.
Bryer, Thomas A. and Safiya Prysmakova-Rivera. 2018. Poor Participation: Fighting the Wars on Poverty and Impoverished Citizenship. Lanham: Lexington Books. (Chapters 1-4)
12:30pm - 3:30pm
Strategies to Overcome Barriers to Equality and Equity in Democracy—From the Included-Out to the Included-In
Bryer, Thomas A. and Safiya Prysmakova-Rivera. 2018. Poor Participation: Fighting the Wars on Poverty and Impoverished Citizenship. Lanham: Lexington Books. (Chapter 7)
Originally set to take place in New Orleans, Louisiana, all SPSA/WSSR workshops will now take place LIVE online* from January 6th to the 9th.
Registration for the WSSR workshops is now open. Register early to take advantage of reduced conference rates. If you have already completed your registration for the SPSA meeting, but would like to add a WSSR workshop, please contact email@example.com
*Note: registered participants will also have access to all workshop recordings until March 15th 2021.
Join us between January 6th and January 9th and attend one or more of our workshops: