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Democracy in CrisisViolence, Alterity, Community$
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Stella Gaon

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780719079238

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719079238.001.0001

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Democracy, accountability and disruption

Democracy, accountability and disruption

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(p.241) 11 Democracy, accountability and disruption
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Democracy in Crisis
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Rita Kaur Dhamoon

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719079238.003.0011

This chapter considers the unending work of democracy in producing ‘subjects’. It outlines how the crisis facing democracy has been misdiagnosed in various strands of recent liberal thought as one about the accommodation of diverse Others and how a more precise diagnosis may be found by examining the work of democracy rather than theorizing its ideal version. This chapter proposes that the work of democracy in constituting subjects can be radicalized by taking accounts of meaning-making by opening up and being responsive to the possibility of making new and different kinds of subjects.

Keywords:   democracy, liberal thought, subjects, diverse Others, meaning-making

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