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The Parent as Citizen : A Democratic Dilemma - Brian Duff

The Parent as Citizen

A Democratic Dilemma

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Published: 3rd January 2011
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When leaders and citizens in the United States articulate their core political beliefs, they often do so in terms of parenthood and family. But while the motives might be admirable, the results of such thinking are often corrosive to our democratic goals. In "The Parent as Citizen," Brian Duff reveals how efforts to make the experience of parenthood inform citizenship contribute to the most persistent problems in modern democracy and democratic theory.
Duff explains how influential theories of democratic citizenship rely on the metaphor of parenthood to help individuals rise to the challenges of politics, and demonstrates that this reliance has unintended consequences. When parenthood is imagined to instill confidence in political virtue, it uncovers insecurity. When parenthood is believed to inculcate openness to change, it produces fundamentalism. Duff develops this argument through original readings of four theorists of citizenship: Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Friedrich Nietzsche, Richard Rorty, and Cornel West-readings that engage the ways in which these theorists incorporated their personal history into their political thought.
In showing how problems that plagued canonical theorists of citizenship still trouble contemporary thinkers and citizens alike, Duff's insights are deeply relevant to present-day politics.

""The Parent as Citizen" is superb. Brian Duff has pulled off quite an accomplishment: he takes what seems like a peripheral issue to political theory the question of parenting and shows how it infiltrates into the heart of political issues, with corrupting and troublesome effects. Duff shows that parenthood is as much a symptom of as it is the solution to the ills of society. To pose it as some kind of perfect remedy is in fact to preserve the problems of society in the guise of curing them." James Martel, San Francisco State University"

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: The Parent and the Citizenp. 1
Monsters in the Garden: Rousseau on Politics and Parental Virtuep. 29
The Tragedy of Birth: Nietzsche on Parenthood and Political Contestp. 69
Troubled Inheritance: Richard Rorty and the Metaphysics of the Childp. 115
Deadbeat Citizens: Cornel West and the Parent as Prophetp. 155
Conclusion: Exposing the Citizen as Parentp. 201
Notesp. 227
Indexp. 277
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ISBN: 9780816672738
ISBN-10: 0816672733
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 287
Published: 3rd January 2011
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.34 x 13.97  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.42