Concept Essay One: Ignoring the Attention-Seeking State
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.