Rights, Democracy, and Fulfillment in the Era of Identity Politics (New Critical Theory): Principled Compromises in a Compromised World

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Overview

Rights, Democracy, and Fulfillment in the Era of Identity Politics develops a critical theory of human rights and global democracy. Ingram both develops a theory of rights and applies it to a range of concrete and timely issues, such as the persistence of racism in contemporary American society; the emergence of so-called 'whiteness theory;' the failure of identity politics; the tensions between emphases on antidiscrimination and affirmative action in the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990; the great unresolved issues of workplace democracy; and the dilemmas of immigration policy for the U.S. and Europe.
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David Ingram is an American optimist. Reading Rights, Democracy, and Fulfillment in the Era of Identity Politics: Principled Compromises in a Compromised World is, therefore, an uplifting experience. More American optimists are needed. Ingram's work is an important contribution to this goal.
— Catherine Dauvergne, University of British Columbia
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742533479
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/15/2004
  • Series: New Critical Theory Series
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction : new critical theory : taking rights, democracy, and identity politics seriously 1
1 Human rights and differends : the fragmentation of reason and identity in the (post)modern age 29
Pt. I Identity 51
2 White man's burden? : ethnicity and race in the era of identity politics 53
3 Identity politics and the law : reflections on disability 91
Pt. II Deliberative democracy 117
4 Democracy and racial identity : reconsidering representation 119
5 Democracy and the rule of law : differends and crises in postliberal capitalism 143
Pt. III Rights 175
6 Toward a pragmatist and perfectionist theory of rights 177
7 Human rights and international justice 203
Concluding remarks : achieving global harmony through transformative dialogue 239
Bibliography 245
Index 257
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