Decolonizing Democracy: Intersections of Philosophy and Postcolonial Theory analyzes the concept and the discourse of democracy. Ferit Güven demonstrates how democracy is deployed as a neo-colonial tool to discipline and further subjugate formerly colonized peoples and spaces. The book explains why increasing democratization of the political space in the last three decades produced an increasing dissatisfaction and alienation from the process of governance, rather than a contentment as one might have expected from "the rule of the people.” Decolonizing Democracy aims to provide a conceptual response to the crisis of democracy in contemporary world. With both a unique scope and argument, this book will appeal to both philosophy and political science scholars, as well as those involved in postcolonial studies, cultural studies, and peace studies.
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About the Author
Ferit Güven is professor of philosophy at Earlham College.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: The Genealogy of Democracy: From Plato to Schmitt
Chapter 2: Foucault, Bio-disciplinary power and “Cogitological Power”
Chapter 3: Democracy and Specters of Post/Neo Colonialism
Chapter 4: Hunger Strikers, Suicide Bombers & All the other Evil Terrorists
Chapter 5: Derrida and Democracy-to-come