Solidarity of Strangers

Solidarity of Strangers

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qAnyone concerned by the swirling academic and political debates over identity politics, multiculturalism, and what could bring us together in divisive times should read Jodi Dean's welcome argument for reconstructing a conscious, deliberative solidarity. With insightful engagement with scholars as diverse as Judith Butler, Cornel West, Jurgen Habermas, and Lynet Uttal, Dean models the kind of dialogue she advocates.q--Martha Minow, author of qMaking All the Difference: Inclusion, Exclusion, and American Lawq qqSolidarity of Strangersq is an impressive achievement. Dean works to move political theory beyond the poststructuralist/Habermasian divide as she offers a discourse ethics that accounts for difference and a universalism that does not abandon specificities.q--Shane Phelan, author of qGetting Specific: Postmodern Lesbian Politicsq qDean offers a strong, original, and humane defense of universalist ideals against doubts--which she deeply grasps and sympathetically arrays--of the compatibility of such ideals with a respect for difference.q--Frank Michelman, Harvard Law School qDean has a real gift for weaving personal narrative, current events, law, and high theory. Her complicated and important argument attempts to move behond the either/or of identity politics and its critics via a creative reevaluation of universalism premised on difference and plurality. A very important book.q--Judith Grant, University of Southern California, author of qFundamental Feminism: Contesting the Core Concepts of Feminist Theoryq qCalling for inspiration on Habermas, George Herbert Mead, and their critics, Dean challenges conventional interpretive constraints on law and theory, aiming to open up contestable spaces to democratic practices. She offers the ideal of reflective solidarity as a vehicle for reclaiming a qualified notion of universality for feminism. This controversial move will no doubt provoke debate, requiring readers to think through the link between our epistemological convictions and our political commitments.q--Kathy Ferguson, author of qThe Man Question: Visions of Subjectivity in Feminist TheoryqSee also the essays on the Thomas hearings in Race-ing Justice, En-gendering Power, ed. Toni Morrison (New York: Pantheon Books, 1992). 2. bell hooks, Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center (Boston: South End Press, 1984), 43-65. 3.

Title:Solidarity of Strangers
Author: Jodi Dean
Publisher:Univ of California Press - 1996-01-01

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