THE DEMOCRACY LAB

Research in the Humanities

University of California, Berkeley

DEMOXRACY

THE DEMOCRACY LAB

Interdisciplinary Research in the Social Sciences and Humanities

University of California, Berkeley

Chochenyo Ohlone Unceded Land

DEMOcRACY

CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON

IN THE AMERICAN HEMISPHERE

The relationship between transformative justice and decolonizing campuses, cities, and nations, is an integral part of our research on democracy. Such a project must begin with the recognition that exclusions and displacement are tied to the history and the practice of democracy. Citizenship, elections, and issues of representation continue to be dependent on unequal and violent systems of occupation, displacement, and other forms of exclusion. Thus, to work towards the transformation of these systems, and a genuine practice of democracy, as researchers we situate our work alongside the public demands for racial justice, reparations, and the further decolonization of our institutions. 

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"Democracy is more a verb than a noun--it is more a dynamic striving and collective movement than
it is a static order or stationary status quo." 

               —Prof. Cornel West 

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