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

Deep Democracy

Community, Diversity, and Transformation

Paperback Published: 28th October 1999
ISBN: 9780847692712
Number Of Pages: 264

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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.

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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

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: 9780847692712
ISBN-10: 084769271X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 28th October 1999
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.68 x 14.94  x 1.47
Weight (kg): 0.33