Elastic Integration in Civic Do-ocracies: How Organizing Shapes Collective Civic Engagement in Informal, Non-Membership Based Networks

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Civic engagement in welfare issues is increasingly partaken in informal, non-membership based formats. The paper explores this tendency through the study of collective civic action performed in ‘do-ocracies’, which are networks based on principles of decentralization and action. The do-ocracy is illustrated through the case of an online network producing free-of-charge protection equipment during COVID-19. From a processual-relational perspective, it is demonstrates, how the informal character of this organizing allows for ‘elastic integration’ of the network through simultaneous enactments of constraints and autonomy. Elastic integration is made up of coordinating elements, that are generated through the actors orienting towards each others’ absences. How this organizing shapes engagement in societal issues is discussed with regards to the networks’ aims to improve common life as well as it’s patterns of inclusion and member influence. The latter is addressed by the use of a set of accountability criteria, that reflect the logics of do-ocracy.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2020
Number of pages21
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event36th EGOS Colloquium 2020: Organizing for a Sustainable Future: Responsibility, Renewal & Resistance - Virtual Conference, Hamburg, Germany
Duration: 2 Jul 20204 Jul 2020
Conference number: 36


Conference36th EGOS Colloquium 2020
LocationVirtual Conference
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