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Democracy in Crisis: Violence, Alterity, Community

Stella Gaon


This book explores the political implications of violence and alterity (radical difference) for the practice of democracy, and reformulates the possibility of community that democracy is said to entail. Most significantly, contributors intervene in traditional democratic theory by contesting the widely held assumption that increased inclusion, tolerance and cultural recognition are democracy's sufficient conditions. Rather than simply inquiring how best to expand the ‘demos’, they investigate how claims to self-determination, identity and sovereignty are a problem for democracy, and how, parad ... More

Keywords: violence, alterity, radical difference, democracy, community, democratic theory, inclusion, tolerance, cultural recognition, demos

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780719079238
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719079238.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stella Gaon, author