Democratizing Inequalities conference in NYC, Oct. 15-16, 2010

Fall semester planning starts early!  Mark your calendars for an upcoming conference on participatory practices.

“The conference will be held 10/15-10/16 at the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. The conference is open to the public.  If you would like more information, please contact the organizers through the conference webpage: http://democratizinginequalities.com/

*Democratizing Inequalities Overview*

Climate change e-petitions. Community visioning sessions. Stakeholder

task forces. Health policy dialogues. Grassroots philanthropy. In 2010,

the sheer number of invitations to “have your say” can seem

overwhelming. The unexpected triumph of progressive values inherent in

bottom-up engagement has been hailed by observers as a civic

renaissance, a collaborative revolution, a new participation economy. It

would appear that public participation is more widespread than ever.

But, contrary to long-held assumptions about the relationship between

democratization and social equality, this expansion of political

equality has been accompanied by a corresponding decline in social and

economic equality.

This conference investigates the consequences of the movement

since the 1960s to expand participation across the political and

economic landscape.

The conference will be held October 15th and 16th at the Institute for

Public Knowledge, New York University, 20 Cooper Square, Fifth Floor,

New York City (maps are on the conference website).

The conference was made possible with generous support from the American Sociological Association’s Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline (with support from ASA and the National Science Foundation) and the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University.”

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