Democracy and Difference: Contesting the Boundaries of the Political / Edition 1

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The global trend toward democratization of the last two decades has been accompanied by the resurgence of various politics of "identity/difference." From nationalist and ethnic revivals in the countries of east and central Europe to the former Soviet Union, to the politics of cultural separatism in Canada, and to social movement politics in liberal western-democracies, the negotiation of identity/difference has become a challenge to democracies everywhere. This volume brings together a group of distinguished thinkers who rearticulate and reconsider the foundations of democratic theory and practice in the light of the politics of identity/difference.

In Part One Jürgen Habermas, Sheldon S. Wolin, Jane Mansbridge, Seyla Benhabib, Joshua Cohen, and Iris Marion Young write on democratic theory. Part Two—on equality, difference, and public representation—contains essays by Anne Phillips, Will Kymlicka, Carol C. Gould, Jean L. Cohen, and Nancy Fraser; and Part Three—on culture, identity, and democracy—by Chantal Mouffe, Bonnie Honig, Fred Dallmayr, Joan B. Landes, and Carlos A. Forment. In the last section Richard Rorty, Robert A. Dahl, Amy Gutmann, and Benjamin R. Barber write on whether democracy needs philosophical foundations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691044781
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 7/8/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 824,365
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Democratic Moment and the Problem of Difference 3
Pt. 1 Democratic Theory: Foundations and Perspectives 19
1 Three Normative Models of Democracy 21
2 Fugitive Democracy 31
3 Using Power/Fighting Power: The Polity 46
4 Toward a Deliberative Model of Democratic Legitimacy 67
5 Procedure and Substance in Deliberative Democracy 95
6 Communication and the Other: Beyond Deliberative Democracy 120
Pt. 2 Equality, Difference, and Public Representation 137
7 Dealing with Difference: A Politics of Ideas, or a Politics of Presence? 139
8 Three Forms of Group-Differentiated Citizenship in Canada 153
9 Diversity and Democracy: Representing Differences 171
10 Democracy, Difference, and the Right of Privacy 187
11 Gender Equity and the Welfare State: A Postindustrial Thought Experiment 218
Pt. 3 Culture, Identity, and Democracy 243
12 Democracy, Power, and the "Political" 245
13 Difference, Dilemmas, and the Politics of Home 257
14 Democracy and Multiculturalism 278
15 The Performance of Citizenship: Democracy, Gender, and Difference in the French Revolution 295
16 Peripheral Peoples and Narrative Identities: Arendtian Reflections on Late Modernity 314
Pt. 4 Does Democracy Need Foundations? 331
17 Idealizations, Foundations, and Social Practices 333
18 Democratic Theory and Democratic Experience 336
19 Democracy, Philosophy, and Justification 340
20 Foundationalism and Democracy 348
List of Contributors 361
Index 365
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