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Description - Rewriting Democracy by Elizabeth Deeds Ermarth

Illuminating and comprehensive, this excellent volume addresses the problematic relationship between democratic institutions and the current critique of enlightenment and modernity. Since at least the beginning of the twentieth century, and across the range of practice from science to politics to art, various cultural shifts have unsettled assumptions that have been fundamental to the development of democratic institutions: assumptions concerning individual identity, the nature of political systems, and the viability of egalitarian ideals. Can democracy survive these changes to the value systems upon which it has been based for over two centuries? This study does not focus on the often repeated particulars of past or current events such as 9/11 or the genocide in Darfur, but instead examines the terms and conditions under which it would be possible to prevent such events in the future.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780754649724
ISBN-10: 0754649725
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 148
Imprint: Ashgate Publishing Limited
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 28-Jan-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Elizabeth Deeds Ermarth

Elizabeth Deeds Ermarth is Saintsbury Professor Emerita at the University of Edinburgh, UK. She writes on the cultural history and current crisis of representation in western societies, and on the oppportunities it presents for rethinking commonly held understandings of political and personal life. She has held several distinguished appointments on both sides of the Atlantic. Elizabeth Deeds Ermarth, Edward W. Said, Chantal Mouffe, Mark Bevir, Fran Tonkiss, Kristyn Gorton, Jeremy F. Lane, Thomas Vargish.

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