Social Difference as a Political Resource

Iris Marion Young

in Inclusion and Democracy

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780198297550
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191716751 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Political Theory

Social Difference as a Political Resource

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Critics of a politics of difference have misidentified these social movements as asserting an identity politics of recognition. Most of these movements are better understood as resisting unjust structural inequalities. Inclusive democratic process involves paying specific attention to group differences in order to transform preferences and maximize social knowledge.

Keywords: democratic process; difference; identity politics; inclusion; injustice; social knowledge; social movements; structural inequality

Chapter.  16503 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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