There has been much important work done in the past two decades in America on issues of under representation based on social differences such as race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, and age. While this scholarship has examined the ways in which women and racial, ethnic, and sexual minorities suffer disproportionately on measures of full citizenship, social class and culture have received relatively little attention. This new study addresses various manifestations of social class and cultural difference as well as their implications for political representation. The analysis demonstrates how three of the most influential feminist theorists who write about political representation conceive of group representation, identify the problems that group representation claims to remedy, and assess the strengths and weaknesses associated with these models. Using theoretical argument, the volume suggests practical electoral reform in order to encourage new and emancipating forms of political engagement. It will be of value to those interested in public policy and governance, political theory, gender studies and law and society in general.
About the Author
Angela D. Ledford is an Associate Professor of Political Science at The College of Saint Rose, where she teaches subjects including political theory, American government, and gender politics.
Table of Contents
Contents: Preface; Political participation, electoral reform, and social difference: a new politics of representation?; Lani Guinier: feminist jurisprudence and fair representation; Feminism and democracy: Anne Phillips and the politics of equality; Iris Marion Young and the politics of difference; Representation and the politics of democratic inclusion; Social class, political representation, and democratic revival: resisting quiescence and manufactured interests; Conclusion: a feminist politics of inclusion; Bibliography; Index.