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A Democratic Bearing

Admirable Citizens, Uneven Injustice, and Critical Theory

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In this rich analysis of the changing ideals of citizenship, Stephen K. White offers a path for the renewal of democratic life in the twenty-first century. Looking beyond passive notions of citizenship defined in terms of voting or passport possession, White seeks a more aspirational portrait, both participatory and inclusive, that challenges citizens, especially in the middle class, to confront power structures to achieve greater justice. Using the Tea Party and followers of Donald Trump as foils, he shows how these groups' resentful and exclusivist conceptions of active citizenship undermine democratic aspirations. White explores how such deleterious influence might be effectively engaged by a robust counter-conception on the democratic left. The book makes this aspirational ideal conceptually clear, normatively compelling and aesthetically attractive.

Product code: 9781316616444

ISBN 9781316616444
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H228xW152xS14
No. Of Pages 238
Publisher Cambridge University Press
What does it mean today to be a democratic citizen? This book provides a rich conception of how an individual might become open to a more admirable style of public engagement. The book is intended for researchers, graduate students and advanced undergraduates in political science, sociology and philosophy.