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Difference Democracy: The Consciousness‐Raising Group Against the Gentlemen's Club

John S. Dryzek

in Deliberative Democracy and Beyond

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780199250431
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191717253 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019925043X.003.0004

Series: Oxford Political Theory

 Difference Democracy: The Consciousness‐Raising Group Against the Gentlemen's Club

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Difference democrats claim that deliberation is exclusive and constraining in the kinds of voices and kinds of people that it can hear. Rational argument, in particular, is said to be coercive and exclusive. This chapter argues that deliberation across difference is possible, while admitting the alternative kinds of communication favoured by difference democracy. Deliberation across difference is conceptualized in terms of the contestation of discourses, which can be influenced by networks in civil society.

Keywords: civil society; deliberation; difference democracy; discourses; networks; rational argument

Chapter.  10083 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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