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Fighting For Consenus: An Agonistic Pluralism and Deliberative Analysis of how Youths in Urban Mwanza Envision a Deepened Democracy. 
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This essay has two aims. The first is to provide a better understanding of how youths in urban Mwanza envision a deepening of the democratic system in regard to the deliberative democracy theory by Jürgen Habermas and the agonistic pluralism by Chantal Mouffe. The second aim is to connect the empirical material – the democratic deepening visions of youths in urban Mwanza – to a theoretical discussion, transforming the democratic models into democratization chains. The theoretical contribution in this essay is to apply these theoretical models to an emerging democracy such as Tanzania, and to to transform the agonistic pluralism and deliberative models into democratization chains. The empirical material in this essay has further been gathered through semi-structured interviews with 19 youths in urban Mwanza. The results presented in the first analytical chapter shows that youths in urban Mwanza leans towards a vision of a deliberative model of democracy rather then an agonistic pluralism, but that a social class dimension could be seen as affecting the lean. Particularly less-educated females raised concerns that a deliberative approach would segment an unsatisfying political status quo. The theoretical discussion showed that the implications visions of a deepened democracy from youths in urban Mwanza theoretically could have on the democratization process changes if the theories are seen as models or chains. 

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2015. , 39 p.
Keyword [en]
Tanzania, Mwanza, Youths, Urbanization, Democracy, Democratization, Deliberative Democracy, Agonistic Pluralism, Jürgen Habermas, Chantal Mouffe
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-39402OAI: diva2:783206
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Political Science
2015-01-14, K2042, Lückligs plats 3 (hus K), 35256 Växjö, Sverige, Växjö, 14:13 (Swedish)
Available from: 2015-01-27 Created: 2015-01-24 Last updated: 2015-01-27Bibliographically approved

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