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Deep Democracy : Community, Diversity, and Transformation - Judith M. Green

Deep Democracy

Community, Diversity, and Transformation

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Deeply understood, democracy is more than a "formal" institutional framework for which America provides the model, acting as a preferable alternative to the modern totalitarian regimes that have distorted social life around the world. At its core, as John Dewey understood, democracy is a realistic ideal, a desired and desirable future possibility that is yet-to-be. In this period of global crises in differing cultures, a shared environment, and an increasingly globalized political economy, this book provides a clear contemporary articulation of deep democracy that can guide an evolutionary deepening of democratic institutions, of habits of the heart, and of the processes of education and social inquiry that support them.

Green argues for a concept of democracy that moves beyond the conflict between the individual and community, quietism and activism, multiculturalism and monoculturalism, and theory in opposition to practice. In a house of darkness-a world plagued by ethnic wars, class conflict, and sexual exploitation-a strenuously researched and masterfully argued account of what democracy should mean is a welcomed beacon. -- Leonard Harris, Purdue University In this carefully researched and well-written volume, Judith Green moves philosophy off the drawing board into the rough-and-tumble world where life and death decisions are made. Her key theme is location-specific action based on experimentation, pluralism, and radical democracy. And her goal is nothing less than the transformation of culture from the street corner to the global marketplace. In her hands, philosophy becomes a set of public tasks. -- Larry A. Hickman, Director of the Center for Dewey Studies, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale Judith Green has a powerful feel for the social, political and economic problems we face. Her book is a passionate plea for caring and intelligence in the way we treat others here and on the other side of the globe. In the best tradition of American philosophy, she presents concrete ideas for improving our practices. -- John Lachs, Vanderbilt University A valuable addition to the sparse, but growing literature on how democratic theory and practice can be used to transform a society that has been plagued by racism, sexism, and class oppression. -- Howard McGary, Rutgers University Green's book touches on a number of interesting questions in democratic theory. Philosophy in Review Deep Democracy is a refreshing and optimistic look at the usefulness of philosophy and philosopers, a well-researched study of theorists who model a commitment to human flourishing, a specific and well-grounded guidebook for building communities and recovering from "ontological rootlessness" and "existential nihilism", and an important call to philosophers to overcome their own theoretical differences and work toward "democratically deepening our hearts and minds" (xiii). Journal of Speculative Philosophy The need to give close attention to Deep Democracy has special urgency. Already an important contribution to democratic theory and pragmatic social thought, Deep Democracy holds significant potential in helping to guide the transformative democratic processes at work in the world today. The scholarship cotnained in these pages is formidable. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society

Acknowledgmentsp. iii
Introductionp. v
The Diverse Community or the Unoppressive City: Which Ideal for a Transformative Politics of Difference?p. 1
Transformative Communication toward Democratic Communities: Pragmatism or Critical Theory?p. 14
Introductionp. 14
Preliminary Critical-Reconstructive Negotiations: Pragmatism and Critical Theoryp. 16
Toward a Comprehensive Philosophy of Democratic Transformationp. 33
Differing Voices at the Theory Table: Feminism and Cultural Pluralismp. 41
Some Concluding Thoughts: Give Peace a Chancep. 48
The Deeply Democratic Community: Reconstructing Dewey's Transformative Idealp. 54
Introductionp. 54
Diversity within Dewey's Contextualized Discussions of the Democratic Idealp. 55
Democratic Education as Growth of the Individual, Culture, and Societyp. 62
Cross-Difference Coalitions and Diverse, Deeply Democratic Communitiesp. 71
Intelligent Communication within Democratic Transformative Social Inquiryp. 75
Ongoing Evaluation and Redirection to Reflect Transformative Experiencep. 85
Effective Coordination and Stabilization of Long-Term Transformative Actionp. 90
Conclusionp. 93
Cosmopolitan Unity Amidst Valued Diversity: Alain Locke's Vision of Deeply Democratic Transformationp. 95
Introductionp. 95
Race Contacts, Cultural Imperialism, and the Transformative Power of the Artsp. 98
Locke's Culturally Pluralistic, Feeling-Focused Theory of Valuationp. 107
Critical-Empirical Social Science: "Anthropology in the Broadest Sense"p. 118
Democratic Cooperation across Historically Contested Differencesp. 123
Intellectual Transformation and Critical Multicultural Educationp. 126
Transformative Cultural Democracy and the Neocapitalist Empirep. 129
Prophetic Pragmatism: King, West, and the Beloved Communityp. 135
Introductionp. 135
King's Prophetic and Pragmatic Transformative Frameworkp. 138
The Beloved Community as Location and Goal of Transformative Strugglep. 149
West and the Future of Prophetic Pragmatismp. 157
Conclusionp. 166
Transforming World Capitalisms through Radical Pragmatism: Economy, Law, and Democracyp. 170
Introductionp. 171
Why the World Needs a New Approach to Political Economyp. 172
Radical Pragmatist Transformative Praxis: Economy, Law, and Democracyp. 177
Transforming Neocapitalist Economic Theory through Radical Pragmatismp. 189
Conclusionp. 195
Deepening Democracy: Rebuilding the Public Squarep. 198
Introductionp. 198
Symptoms, Causes, and Solutions of Our Problems in the Public Squarep. 200
The Transformative Arc: From Cross-Difference Coalition to Beloved Communityp. 209
Deepening Democracy by Rebuilding the Public Square: Toward a General Modelp. 216
The Role of Philosophers in Deepening Democracy: A Call to Active Engagementp. 217
Bibliographyp. 221
Indexp. 235
About the Authorp. 245
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ISBN: 9780847692705
ISBN-10: 0847692701
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 28th October 1999
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.48