Political Exclusion and Domination: NOMOS XLVI

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Political exclusion and domination are common forms of injustice in democratic societies. What is at stake in choosing one or the other as a way of conceptualizing injustice? Can either concept serve as a master concept for all injustice, or do the phenomena of injustice require a more complex array of analytic categories?

The contributors to this volume explore the concepts of exclusion and domination from a wide array of theoretical approaches—liberal and republican, feminist and pluralist. They address topics ranging from racial segregation to criminal sanctions, from the role of the political philosopher to the instruments of genocide. They disagree—sometimes mildly and sometimes profoundly—over how we should construe the forms of exclusion and domination that most command our attention. Ultimately, these authors shed important light on the meaning of justice and injustice in contemporary society.

Contributors: Danielle Allen, Michael Blake, Sanford Levinson, Catharine MacKinnon, Martha Nussbaum, Philip Pettit, James Tully, and Miguel Vatter.

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“Brings to the forefront the hope of articulating theories and practices for a world in which the presence of domination and exclusion is so insiduous. Granted, it is a fragile hope, but it is still a hope.”

-Perspectives on Politics,

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814756959
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2005
  • Series: Nomos Ser.
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Melissa S. Williams is Professor of Political Theory at the University of Toronto.

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Table of Contents

Dedication to John Rawls
Introduction 1
1 Invisible citizens : political exclusion and domination in Arendt and Ellison 29
2 Tragic visions, mundane realities : a comment on Danielle Allen's "invisible citizens" 77
3 The domination complaint 87
4 Pettit and modern republican political thought 118
5 Against monism : pluralist critical comments on Danielle Allen and Philip Pettit 164
6 A reply to Bader and Orwin 179
7 In reply to Bader and Vatter 182
8 Exclusion and assimilation : two forms of domination in relation to freedom 191
9 Liberal foundationalism and agonistic democracy 230
10 Democracy and legitimacy : a response to James Tully's "exclusion and assimilation" 244
11 A reply to Michael Blake and Leif Wenar 250
12 Inscribing the face : shame, stigma, and punishment 259
13 The duration of shame : "time served" or "lifetime"? 303
14 Genocide's sexuality 313
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