Confident Pluralism: Surviving And Thriving Through Deep Difference by John D. InazuConfident Pluralism: Surviving And Thriving Through Deep Difference by John D. Inazu

Confident Pluralism: Surviving And Thriving Through Deep Difference

byJohn D. Inazu

Hardcover | May 12, 2016

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In recent years, the United States has become increasingly polarized and divided. This fissure is evident across the nation in conflict over LGBTQ rights; in challenges to religious liberty; in clashes over abortion; in tensions between law enforcement and minority communities. With all of this physical and emotional violence enacted by our legal system and such seemingly irresolvable differences in beliefs, values, and identities across the country, we are forced to ask—how can the people of this nation ever live in peace together?

In Confident Pluralism, John D. Inazu analyzes the current state of the country, orients the contemporary United States within its broader history, and explores the ways that Americans can—and must—live together peaceably despite these deeply engrained differences. Pluralism is one of the founding creeds of the United States—yet America’s society and legal system continues to face deep, unsolved structural problems in dealing with differing cultural anxieties, and minority viewpoints. Inazu not only argues that it is possible to cohabitate peacefully in this country, but also lays out realistic guidelines for our society and legal system to achieve the new American dream through civic practices that value toleration over protest, humility over defensiveness, and persuasion over coercion.

An essential clarion call during one of the most troubled times in US history, Confident Pluralism offers a refreshing argument for how the legal system can protect peoples’ personal beliefs and differences and shows how we can build toward a healthier future of tolerance, patience, and empathy.
John D. Inazu is the Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law and Religion at Washington University in St. Louis.
Title:Confident Pluralism: Surviving And Thriving Through Deep DifferenceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:176 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:May 12, 2016Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022636545X

ISBN - 13:9780226365459

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Table of Contents

Part I    Constitutional Commitments
Chapter 1          Our Modest Unity: Rights, Inclusion, and Dissent
Chapter 2          The Voluntary Groups Requirement: Rehabilitating the Right of Association
Chapter 3          The Public Forum Requirement: Public Spaces, Private Forums, and Parks & Recreation
Chapter 4          The Public Funding Requirement: Tax Exemptions, Student Forums, and Government Orthodoxies
Part II   Civic Practices
Chapter 5          Civic Aspirations: Tolerance, Humility, and Patience
Chapter 6          Living Speech: Rising above Insults and Bullying
Chapter 7          Collective Action: Protests, Boycotts, and Strikes
Chapter 8          Common Ground: Relationships across Difference

Editorial Reviews

“Inazu’s Confident Pluralism is a remarkable book that grabs by the throat the most profound problem we face: the question of whether we can live truly with each other, not merely alongside each other, in situations where we genuinely feel most alienated from, and even threatened by, one another’s beliefs or behaviors. With a good lawyer’s acuity and a committed citizen’s painful honestly, Inazu probes for the places where our differences are most tender—race, religion, sexuality—and demands that we address those concerns for what they are. Inazu ultimately hopes—as all our best public thinkers have hoped—for more from us than just resigned indifference. The book’s real bravery means it will make almost all of its readers uncomfortable at different points, and its admirable ambition means that it takes that discomfort as an inevitable, if unintended, consequence of its aims.”