Democracy, accountability and disruption

Rita Kaur Dhamoon

in Democracy in Crisis

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780719079238
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702123 | DOI:
Democracy, accountability and disruption

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This chapter considers the unending work of democracy in producing ‘subjects’. It outlines how the crisis facing democracy has been misdiagnosed in various strands of recent liberal thought as one about the accommodation of diverse Others and how a more precise diagnosis may be found by examining the work of democracy rather than theorizing its ideal version. This chapter proposes that the work of democracy in constituting subjects can be radicalized by taking accounts of meaning-making by opening up and being responsive to the possibility of making new and different kinds of subjects.

Keywords: democracy; liberal thought; subjects; diverse Others; meaning-making

Chapter.  7518 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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