Democratic Theorizing from the Margins

Marla Brettschneider
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272 pages
6 x 9

A clear account of the lessons and theories of democratic culture

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Democratic Theorizing from the Margins lays out the basic parameters of diversity-based politics as a still emerging form of democratic theory. Students, activists, and scholars engage in diversity politics on the ground, but generally remain unable to conceptualize a broad understanding of how "politics from the margins"—that is, political thinking and action that comes from groups often left on the outside of mainstream organizing and action—operates effectively in different contexts and environments. Brettschneider offers concrete lessons from many movements to see what they tell us about a new sort of democratic politics. She also addresses traditional democratic theories and draws on the myriad discerning practices employed by marginalized groups in their political activism to enhance the critical capacities of potential movements committed both to social change and democratic action.

Table of Contents

Contents Acknowledgments 1. Introduction 2. When: History 3. Who: Identity 4. What: Recognition 5. Why: Rethinking Universals and Particulars 6. Where: Multiple Publics 7. How: Minoritizing and Majoritizing Notes References Index

About the Author(s)

Marla Brettschneider is Associate Professor of Political Philosophy with a joint appointment in Political Science and Women's Studies at the University of New Hampshire where she also Coordinates the Queer Studies program. Her latest book is The Family Flamboyant: Race Politics, Queer Families, Jewish Lives, and her book The Narrow Bridge: Jewish Views on Multiculturalism was awarded the Gustavus Meyers Human Rights Award.