The Democratic Imagination: Envisioning Popular Power in the Twenty-first Century

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University of Toronto Press, 2012 - Political Science - 211 pages
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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.

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Contents

Exercising Your Democratic Imagination Textboxes
18
Political Social and Economic Democracy
25
The Principle of Equality
40
Citizenship and Inequality
49
Representation
73
Money Talks
81
Bureaucracy Democracy and the State
95
On Not Being Governed
108
Democracy and Body Politics
135
Civil Disobedience
140
The Struggle Continues
157
Free at Last?
161
Glossary
173
References
181
Index
201
Copyright

The Power of Knowing
115

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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).

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