Concept Essay One: Ignoring the Attention-Seeking State

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    The implicit demand voiced by the state is to pay attention to it. At the same time, ignoring the state, in one area of life or another, is a condition of informal life politics. Informal life politics actions are informal precisely because they do not “seek redress” for wrongs or relief from threats to their existence through appeal to the state, or “higher” political power. This ignoring—the lack of attention to the state and its institutions—constitutes a form of indirect political contention.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Living Politics of Self-Help Movements in East Asia
    Editors T Cliff, T Morris-Suzuki & S Wei
    Place of PublicationSingapore
    PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
    ISBN (Print)9789811063374
    Publication statusPublished - 2018


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