Aversive Democracy: Inheritance and Originality in the Democratic Tradition by Aletta J. NorvalAversive Democracy: Inheritance and Originality in the Democratic Tradition by Aletta J. Norval

Aversive Democracy: Inheritance and Originality in the Democratic Tradition

byAletta J. Norval

Paperback | January 28, 2008

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The twenty-first century has brought a renewed interest in democratic theory and practices, creating a complicated relationship between time-honoured democratic traditions and new forms of political participation. Reflecting on this interplay between tradition and innovation, Aletta J. Norval offers fresh insights into the global complexities of the formation of democratic subjectivity, the difficult emergence and articulation of political claims, the constitution of democratic relations between citizens and the deepening of our democratic imagination. Aversive Democracy draws inspiration from a critical engagement with deliberative and post-structuralist models of democracy, whilst offering a distinctive reading inspired by contemporary work on the later Wittgenstein. This is a creative and insightful work which reorients democratic theory, elucidating the character of the commitments we engage in when we participate in democratic life together.
Title:Aversive Democracy: Inheritance and Originality in the Democratic TraditionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.67 inPublished:January 28, 2008Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521702682

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Table of Contents

Introduction: towards an aversive account of democracy; 1. Democracy, universalization and (dis)agreement; 2. Democratic argumentation: rhetoric and imagination; 3. Democratic identification and aspect change; 4. Democratic subjectivity: the promise of democratic community; 5. Conclusion: aversive democracy: exemplarity, imagination and passion.

Editorial Reviews

"Building on Wittgenstein, Cavell and Derrida, Aletta Norval elucidates the intersubjective experience of critical democratic praxis ('aversive democracy') with an approach that reaches beyond agonistic and deliberative theories while preserving the gains of both."
James Tully, University of Victoria