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The Plebeian Experience: A Discontinuous History of Political Freedom

Martin Breaugh


How do people excluded from political life achieve political agency? Through a series of historical events that have been mostly overlooked by political theorists, this book identifies fleeting yet decisive instances of emancipation in which people took it upon themselves to become political subjects. Emerging during the Roman plebs's first secession in 494 bce, the plebeian experience consists of an underground or unexplored configuration of political strategies to obtain political freedom. The people reject domination through political praxis and concerted action, therefore establishing an a ... More

Keywords: political agency, plebeian experience, political freedom, political theory, political strategies, political praxis, power

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780231156189
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231156189.001.0001


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Martin Breaugh, author

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