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Inclusion and Democracy (Oxford Political Theory) Hardcover – October 19, 2000


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"Illusion and Democracy is one of the most recent and most evocative contributions to this movement in political thought. The book contributes to discussions in our field on two levels: for practitioners, it offers valuable descriptions of the broader contexts within which public debate operates; at the same time, it works on a theoretical level to expand the traditional scope of political models to incorporate explicitly rhetorical concerns. . Young grounds her discussions in clear definitions of key terms and careful accounts of competing views."-Jac


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Iris Marion Young is Professor of Political Science at The University of Chicago. Her previous books include Throwing Like a Girl and Other Essays in Feminist Philosophy and Social Theory, Justice and the Politics of Difference, Intersecting Voices: Dilemmas of Gender, Political Philosophy and Policy, and A Companion to Feminist Philosophy.
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Product Details

  • Series: Oxford Political Theory
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (October 19, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198297548
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198297543
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,034,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Neil Roberts on August 5, 2002
Format: Hardcover
"Democracy is hard to love." Iris Marion Young writes these words near the beginning of INCLUSION AND DEMOCRACY (2000). The love/hate relationship many people have with democracy originates in part from a love of democracy in theory but displeasure surrounding the outcomes of democratic systems in practice. I write this review from Jamaica during a time in which the struggle for democracy has reached critical proportions. The imminent national elections will play a part in determining the future direction of this polity. Jamaica presently operates under a neo-liberal economic system. Its flirtation with democratic socialism in the 1970s, though, along with its strong ties to Cuba hinted at a potential turn to socialism at a time when revolutions in Grenada, Iran, and Nicaragua fueled the Cold War Red Scare. The failure of both communist state capitalism and neo-liberalism among developing countries before and after the fall of the Soviet Union has left open the question, "What constitutes a democracy?" Furthermore, developed nations such as the US in the post-September 11 era are questioning WHO and WHAT constitute the fabric of their democracy amid daily economic struggles and racial profiling.
Young, like the late Hannah Arendt, is trained as a philosopher yet writes primarily as a political theorist. As such, Young is offering a theoretical framework in her discourse rather than a text full of regressions or allusions to philosopher-kings and queens. For academics in the discipline of "political science" who see a divide between the theorists and empiricists, this work offers fresh ideas for both camps. For the grassroots organic intellectuals and activists, you too will find new ideas.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Omar on September 20, 2014
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Great information. Very dry reading. A must read but only if standing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tyler Kimbrell on May 21, 2013
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I purchased this for a research project. Although I am not a political scientist it has offered some interesting insights into political inclusion.
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By msangel2 on February 11, 2015
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Purchased for a faculty member and I received no complaints.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pimple on March 14, 2007
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I am about half way in the book and it is great. It is very well written and covers the topic with very good examples. I am really enjoying it.
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