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Democracy is very much an open question in the early twenty-first century. While voter participation declines in many traditional democracies, new movements for democracy are emerging around the world. This book brings the question of democracy out of the halls of political power and home to our daily lives, pitting "official democracy" and "democracy from below" against one another in a lively debate.
|Publisher:||University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
James Cairns is Associate Professor, Social and Environmental Justice, at Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford. He is the author (with Alan Sears) of A Good Book, In Theory: Making Sense Through Inquiry (2015) and The Democratic Imagination: Envisioning Popular Power in the Twenty-First Century (2012).
Alan Sears is Professor of Sociology at Ryerson University. He is the author of The New Left: A History of the Future (2014) and co-author with James Cairns of The Democratic Imagination: Envisioning Popular Power in the Twenty-First Century (2012).
Table of Contents
List of Exercising Your Democratic Imagination Textboxes ix
1 Democracy as an Open Question 1
Expanding the Democratic Imagination
Democracy from Below
Making Democracy in the Twenty-First Century
Reopening Democratic Debates
2 Political, Social, and Economic Democracy 25
Democracy as a Form of Government
Democracy and Capitalism
Democracy as a Practice of Everyday Life
Democracy @ Work
Democracy @ School
Democracy @ Everywhere
3 Citizenship and Inequality 49
The Limits of Citizenship
The Birth of Modern Citizenship
Fights for Rights
"The Times They Are a-Changin"
The Tide Turns: Citizenship in Neo-liberal Times
No One Is Illegal
The Shifting Borders of Citizenship
4 There and Not There: Representation and Participation 73
Who's In, Who's Out?
Representation and Participation
The Paradox of Representation
Making Your Voice Heard
5 Red Tape: Bureaucracy, Democracy, and the State 95
Bureaucracy and Efficiency
Bureaucracy, Red Tape, and Democracy
Theories of State and Bureaucracy
Bureaucracy and Inequality
Bureaucracy and Austerity
6 The Power Op Knowing 115
Democracy for Dummies
Educating the Educators
Knowing What's Good for You
Knowledge Is Located
Who Knows Better?
7 Democracy and Body Politics 135
Body Politics and the Use of Metaphor
Violence and Political Bodies
Democracy and Bodies in Action
Keep Your Laws off Our Bodies
The Body Politic in Lean Times
Consumption and Body Politics
Virtuality, Democracy, and Body Politics
Democracy and Embodied Inequality
8 The Struggle Continues 157
Democracy in Crisis
Ways of Seeing Democracy
Struggles, Settlements… and More Struggles
Another World Is Possible
Building Democratic Capacities
What People are Saying About This
Cairns and Sears have written an entertaining and informative popular guide to democracy for the twenty-first century filled with fuel and insight for igniting the democratic imagination.... A must-read for anyone interested in opening their thinking to a wider world of ideas.
A useful supplementary reading that will be genuinely helpful in drawing students new to political science into key debates around what 'real' democracy looks like.
In a time of history when established democracy is being challenged everywhere by movements in the streets, The Democratic Imagination provides a readable and provocative analysis of the different ideas about democracy fuelling these conflicts. You'll never think about democracy in the same way again.
By re-opening 'the question of democracy' to those who refuse to limit it to a matter of well-functioning markets and periodic elections, Cairns and Sears prime the democratic imagination for a new era of popular struggle.