Identity in Democracy
By (author) Amy Gutmann
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Identity in Democracy by Amy Gutmann
Book DescriptionWritten by one of America's leading political thinkers, this is a book about the good, the bad, and the ugly of identity politics.Amy Gutmann rises above the raging polemics that often characterize discussions of identity groups and offers a fair-minded assessment of the role they play in democracies. She addresses fundamental questions of timeless urgency while keeping in focus their relevance to contemporary debates: Do some identity groups undermine the greater democratic good and thus their own legitimacy in a democratic society? Even if so, how is a democracy to fairly distinguish between groups such as the KKK on the one hand and the NAACP on the other? Should democracies exempt members of some minorities from certain legitimate or widely accepted rules, such as Canada's allowing Sikh members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to wear turbans instead of Stetsons? Do voluntary groups like the Boy Scouts have a right to discriminate on grounds of sexual preference, gender, or race? Identity-group politics, Gutmann shows, is not aberrant but inescapable in democracies because identity groups represent who people are, not only what they want--and who people are shapes what they demand from democratic politics. Rather than trying to abolish identity politics, Gutmann calls upon us to distinguish between those demands of identity groups that aid and those that impede justice. Her book does justice to identity groups, while recognizing that they cannot be counted upon to do likewise to others. Clear, engaging, and forcefully argued, Amy Gutmann's Identity in Democracy provides the fractious world of multicultural and identity-group scholarship with a unifying work that will sustain it for years to come.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780691120409
(229mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 16-Aug-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Amy Gutmann
Spirit of Compromise, Paperback (May 2014)
To govern in a democracy, political leaders have to compromise. When they do not, the result is political paralysis - dramatically demonstrated by the gridlock in Congress in recent years. This book shows why compromise is so important, what stands in the way of achieving it, and how citizens can make defensible compromises more likely.
Why Deliberative Democracy?, Paperback (July 2004)» View all books by Amy Gutmann
A collection of essays, which show how deliberative democracy should play an important role even in the debates about military intervention abroad. It is suitable for those who are intent on giving reason and reciprocity a more prominent place in politics than power and special interests.
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Author Biography - Amy Gutmann
Amy Gutmann Amy Gutmann is President-elect of the University of Pennsylvania. Her many books include "Democratic Education"(Princeton); "Why Deliberative Democracy?" (forthcoming, Princeton) and "Democracy and Disagreement" (Harvard), both with Dennis Thompson; and "Color Conscious" (Princeton, with K. Anthony Appiah).
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