Aversive Democracy: Inheritance and Originality in the Democratic Tradition

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Cambridge University Press, Dec 20, 2007 - Philosophy - 238 pages
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The twenty-first century has brought a renewed interest in democratic theory and practices, creating a complicated relationship between time-honoured democratic traditions and new forms of political participation. Reflecting on this interplay between tradition and innovation, Aletta J. Norval offers fresh insights into the global complexities of the formation of democratic subjectivity, the difficult emergence and articulation of political claims, the constitution of democratic relations between citizens and the deepening of our democratic imagination. Aversive Democracy draws inspiration from a critical engagement with deliberative and post-structuralist models of democracy, whilst offering a distinctive reading inspired by contemporary work on the later Wittgenstein. This is a creative and insightful work which reorients democratic theory, elucidating the character of the commitments we engage in when we participate in democratic life together.

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1 Democracy universalization and disagreement
2 Democratic argumentation rhetoric and imagination
3 Democratic identification and aspect change
4 Democratic subjectivity the promise of democratic community
5 Conclusion aversive democracy exemplarity imagination and passion

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Aletta J. Norval is Reader in Political Theory in the Department of Government at the University of Essex. She is the author of Deconstructing Apartheid Discourse (1996).

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