American Political Thought: An Alternative View

American Political Thought: An Alternative View


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The twenty-first century presents unique political challenges, like increasing concern over racially based police brutality and mass incarceration, continuing economic and gender inequality, the rise of conservative and libertarian politics, and the appropriate role of religion in American politics. Current scholarship in American political thought research neither adequately responds to the contemporary moment in American politics nor fully captures the depth and scope of this rich tradition.

This collection of essays offers an innovative expansion of the American political tradition. By exposing the major ideas and thinkers of the four major yet still underappreciated alternative traditions of American political thought—African American, feminist, radical and conservative—this book challenges the boundaries of American political thinking about such values like freedom, justice, equality, democracy, economy, rights, identity, and the role of the state in American life. These traditions, the various authors show in different ways, not only present a much fuller and more accurate characterization of what counts as American political thought. They are also especially unique for the conceptual resources they provide for addressing contemporary developments in American politics.

Offering an original and substantive interpretation of thinkers and movements, American Political Thought will help students understand how to put American political thought into conversation with contemporary debates in political theory.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781138666368
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 04/20/2017
Series: Routledge Series on Identity Politics Series
Pages: 198
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Jonathan Keller is Assistant Professor of Government at Manhattan College. His research is on American political thought, American political development and religion in American politics.

Alex Zamalin is Director of the African American Studies Program and Assistant Professor of Political Science at University of Detroit Mercy. He has written essays on topics such as politics and literature, ethics, social justice, psychoanalysis and race, and race and American politics.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

List of Contributors

Introduction: American Political Thought: An Alternative View

Jonathan Keller and Alex Zamalin

Section I: African-American and Feminist Political Thought

Chapter1: African American Political Thought, Democracy and Freedom

Alex Zamalin

Chapter 2: Culture, Race, and Sovereignty: Problems in Contemporary Black Thought

Utz McKnight

Chapter 3: Audre Lorde and the Poetics of Love In the Movement for Black Lives

Laura Grattan

Chapter 4: Against Nostalgia: The Political Theory of Ida B. Wells

Jill Locke

Chapter 5: Revolutionary Pasts and Transnational Futures: "Home Lessons" from U.S. Radical and Third World Feminisms

Jocelyn M. Boryczka

Section II: Radical American Political Thought

Chapter 6: The Dispossession of the Public and the "Common Benefits" Clause: Working Against Neoliberal Oligarchy through U.S. State Constitutions

Shannon Mariotti

Chapter 7: John Dewey and the Geography of Power

Jason Kosnoski

Chapter 8: Counter-Patriotism and American Radical Politics

Maxwell Burkey

Section III: Conservative Political Thought

Chapter 9: An Alternative Tradition in Conservative Political Economy

Peter Kolozi

Chapter 10: A Rich Tapestry: Varieties of Conservative Jurisprudence

David G. Leitch

Chapter 11: The Christian Right and the American Biblical Tradition

Jonathan Keller

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