Identity Difference: Democratic Negotiations of Political Paradox / Edition 1

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Overview

In this foundational work in contemporary political theory, William Connolly makes a distinctive contribution to our understanding of the relationship between personal identity and democratic politics, particularly in the domains of religion, ethics, sexuality, and ethnicity. Every identity, Connolly argues, whether individual or social, presents us with a fundamental and troubling paradox: an identity establishes itself in relation to a set of differences, and it operates under powerful pressures to fix, regulate, or exclude some of these differences as otherness. The dignity of a people or political regime, and the quality of democratic culture, depends on the acknowledgment and ethos cultivated in response to these pressures.

In a substantial new essay, Connolly responds to the heated controversy surrounding his ideas when Identity\Difference was first published in 1991, while augmenting his discussion of the virtues of critical responsiveness. The issues of identity and difference cannot be ignored, he contends, and are ubiquitous in modern life.

William E. Connolly is professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at The Johns Hopkins University. His most recent books are Why I Am Not a Secularist and The Ethos of Pluralization, both published by Minnesota. His work The Terms of Political Discourse won the 1999 Benjamin Lippincott Award.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816640867
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Edition description: Expanded
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Confessing Identity\Belonging to Difference
Identity\Difference: Democratic Negotiations of Political Paradox
Introduction: The Problem of Evil 1
1 Freedom and Resentment 16
2 Global Political Discourse 36
3 Liberalism and Difference 64
4 Responsibility for Evil 95
5 A Letter to Augustine 123
6 Democracy and Distance 158
7 The Politics of Territorial Democracy 198
Notes 223
Index 239
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