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A Democratic Bearing: Admirable Citizens, Uneven Injustice, and Critical Theory

A Democratic Bearing: Admirable Citizens, Uneven Injustice, and Critical Theory

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Stephen K. White
Cambridge University Press, 4/7/2017
EAN 9781107168473, ISBN10: 1107168473

Hardcover, 238 pages, 23.9 x 16 x 2 cm
Language: English

In this rich analysis of the changing ideals of citizenship, Stephen K. White offers a path for the renewal of democratic life in the twenty-first century. Looking beyond passive notions of citizenship defined in terms of voting or passport possession, White seeks a more aspirational portrait, both participatory and inclusive, that challenges citizens, especially in the middle class, to confront power structures to achieve greater justice. Using the Tea Party and followers of Donald Trump as foils, he shows how these groups' resentful and exclusivist conceptions of active citizenship undermine democratic aspirations. White explores how such deleterious influence might be effectively engaged by a robust counter-conception on the democratic left. The book makes this aspirational ideal conceptually clear, normatively compelling and aesthetically attractive.

1. Moral and theoretical sources
2. Models of citizenship
virtual patriots and Tea Parties
3. Models of citizenship
a democratic bearing
4. Depth experience, faith and democratic life
5. One path for critical political theory
6. The consensus machine and 'no-saying'
7. Suspicious conjectures and uneven injustice
8. Conclusion.