The Politics of Listening

Possibilities and Challenges for Democratic Life

  • Leah Bassel

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Leah Bassel
    Pages 1-15
  3. Leah Bassel
    Pages 53-70
  4. Leah Bassel
    Pages 71-87
  5. Leah Bassel
    Pages 89-91
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 93-112

About this book


This book explores listening as a social and political practice, in contrast to the more common focus on voice and speaking.  The author draws on cases from Canada, France and the United Kingdom, exploring: minority women and debates over culture and religion; riots and young men in France and England; citizen journalism and the creative use of different media; and solidarity between migrant justice and indigenous activists. Analysis across these diverse settings considers whether and how a politics of listening, which demands that the roles of speakers and listeners change, can be undertaken in adversarial and tense political moments. The Politics of Listening argues that such a practice has the potential to create new ways of being and acting together, as political equals who are heard on their own terms.

The book will appeal to students and scholars across a range of disciplines, including sociology and political theory.


Muslim women riots sociology France Canada

Authors and affiliations

  • Leah Bassel
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Media, Communication and SociologyUniversity of LeicesterLeicesterUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-53166-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-53167-4
  • Buy this book on publisher's site