Democracy's Reconstruction: Thinking Politically with W.E.B. Du Bois by Lawrie BalfourDemocracy's Reconstruction: Thinking Politically with W.E.B. Du Bois by Lawrie Balfour

Democracy's Reconstruction: Thinking Politically with W.E.B. Du Bois

byLawrie Balfour

Hardcover | March 1, 2011

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In Democracy's Reconstruction, the latest addition to Cathy Cohen and Fredrick Harris's Transgressing Boundaries series, noted political theorist Lawrie Balfour challenges a longstanding tendency in political theory: the disciplinary division that separates political theory proper from thestudy of black politics. Political theory rarely engages with black political thinkers, despite the fact that the problem of racial inequality is central to the entire enterprise of American political theory. To address this lacuna, she focuses on the political thought of W.E.B. Du Bois, particularly his longstanding concern with the relationship between slavery's legacy and the prospects for democracy in the era he lived in. Balfour utilizes Du Bois as an intellectual resource, applying his method ofaddressing contemporary problems via the historical prism of slavery to address some of the fundamental racial divides and inequalities in contemporary America. By establishing his theoretical method to study these historical connections, she positions Du Bois's work in the political theory canon -similar to the status it already has in history, sociology, philosophy, and literature.
Lawrie Balfour is Associate Professor of Politics at University of Virginia.
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Title:Democracy's Reconstruction: Thinking Politically with W.E.B. Du BoisFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:March 1, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Politics in the Present-Past2. Unreconstructed Democracy and the Claim of Reparations3. Resurrecting John Brown4. Practicing Critical Race Autobiography5. Representative Women: Slavery and the Gendered Ground of Citizenship6. Black World, White Nation: Remapping Political TheoryNotesIndex