Democratic Imagination Envisioning Popular Power in the Twenty-First Century

ISBN-10: 1442605286

ISBN-13: 9781442605282

Edition: 2012

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Description: The future of democracy is an open question in the early twenty-first century. Declining voter participation in traditional democracies suggests potential failure. At the same time, new movements for democracy are appearing around the world. The Democratic Imaginationexamines different conceptions of democracy, exploring tensions that emerge in key moments and debates in the history of democracy, from Ancient Greece to the French Revolution to contemporary Egypt.In an engaging and personal style, Cairns and Sears explore the relationship between 'official democracy,' conceived as a set of institutional arrangements with an electoral component, and 'democracy from below,' in which the vast majority actively participate in decision-making in all areas of daily life. The result is a unique book that is sure to expand and challenge the reader's democratic imagination.

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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Publication date: 10/15/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638

James Cairns is Assistant Professor in the Contemporary Studies Department at Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford. He is the co-author, with Alan Sears, of The Democratic Imagination (UTP, 2012).

Alan Sears is Professor of Sociology at Ryerson University, Toronto. He is the author of Retooling the Mind Factory: Education in a Lean State (UTP, 2003) and co-author with James Cairns of The Democratic Imagination (UTP, 2012).

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Acknowledgements
Democracy as an Open Question
Expanding the Democratic Imagination
Debating Democracy
Official Democracy
Democracy from Below
Making Democracy in the Twenty-First Century
Reopening Democratic Debates
Political, Social, and Economic Democracy
Democracy as a Form of Government
Democracy and Capitalism
Mission Accomplished?
Democracy Domesticated
Democracy Unleashed
Democracy as a Practice of Everyday Life
Democracy @ Work
Democracy @ School
Democracy @ Everywhere
Citizenship and Inequality
Membership Matters
The Limits of Citizenship
The Birth of Modern Citizenship
Fights for Rights
Social Citizenship
"The Times They Are a-Changin"
The Tide Turns: Citizenship in Neo-liberal Times
No One Is Illegal
The Shifting Borders of Citizenship
There and Not There: Representation and Participation
Representative Democracy
Who's In, Who's Out?
Representation and Participation
The Paradox of Representation
Making Your Voice Heard
Red Tape: Bureaucracy, Democracy, and the State
Bureaucracy and Efficiency
Bureaucracy, Red Tape, and Democracy
Theories of State and Bureaucracy
Bureaucracy and Inequality
Bureaucracy and Austerity
The Power Op Knowing
Democracy for Dummies
Educating the Educators
Knowing What's Good for You
Knowledge Is Located
Who Knows Better?
Democracy and Body Politics
Body Politics and the Use of Metaphor
Violence and Political Bodies
Democracy and Bodies in Action
Nurturing Democracy
Keep Your Laws off Our Bodies
The Body Politic in Lean Times
Consumption and Body Politics
Virtuality, Democracy, and Body Politics
Democracy and Embodied Inequality
Embodied Democracy
The Struggle Continues
Democracy in Crisis
Ways of Seeing Democracy
Struggles, Settlements… and More Struggles
Another World Is Possible
Building Democratic Capacities
Glossary
References
Index
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