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 thoughtAfrican American, feminist, radical and conservativethis 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.
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
Chapter 2: Culture, Race, and Sovereignty: Problems in Contemporary Black Thought
Chapter 3: Audre Lorde and the Poetics of Love In the Movement for Black Lives
Chapter 4: Against Nostalgia: The Political Theory of Ida B. Wells
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
Chapter 7: John Dewey and the Geography of Power
Chapter 8: Counter-Patriotism and American Radical Politics
Section III: Conservative Political Thought
Chapter 9: An Alternative Tradition in Conservative Political Economy
Chapter 10: A Rich Tapestry: Varieties of Conservative Jurisprudence
David G. Leitch
Chapter 11: The Christian Right and the American Biblical Tradition