569.3 Civilizing process and political struggle: Violence, emotional control and political participation in the information society

Friday, August 3, 2012: 12:52 PM
Faculty of Economics, TBA
Reinaldo SANTOS , Faculdade de Educação, UFGD - Universidade Federal da Grande Dourados, Dourados, Brazil
Magda SARAT , FAED, UFGD - Universidade Federal da Grande Dourados, Dourados, Brazil
This paper discusses changes in contemporary forms of political participation, linked to information and communication technologies, particularly the prospect of emotional control and mitigation of violence in the forms of political protests in Brazil of the XXI century. Performs a reflection on these changes as the civilizing process of contemporary politics in the light of conceptions of political theorists such as Bernard Manin, Jurgen Habermas and the concepts of tecnificacion and civilizing process and the sociologist Norbert Elias. Discusses how the flash-mob, performative protest, criticism on social networks, the polish and smoothness of the parliamentary debates arise as a counterpoint to strike, to picket the invasion, the march. Considers the tendency of a less violent political action, more emotionally controlled, finally, more civilized, as the prospect of formation of new modes of consciousness and political action.