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  1. The Dissonance of Democracy: Listening, Conflict, and Citizenship
    The Dissonance of Democracy: Listening, Conflict, and Citizenship
    The Dissonance of Democracy: Listening, Conflict, and Citizenship
    The Dissonance of Democracy: Listening, Conflict, and Citizenship
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  2. The Dissonance of Democracy: Listening, Conflict, and Citizenship

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Although the role of shared speech in political action has received much theoretical attention, too little thought has focused on the practice of listening in political interaction, according to Susan Bickford. Even in a formally democratic polity, political action occurs in a context of conflict and inequality; thus, the shared speech of citizenship differs significantly from the conversations of friendly associates. Bickford suggests that democratic politics requires a particular quality of attention, one not based on care or friendship. Analyzing specifically political listening is central to the development of democratic theory, she contends, and to envisioning democratic practices for contemporary society.Bickford's analysis draws on the work of Aristotle and of Hannah Arendt to establish the conflictual and contentious character of politics. To analyze the social forces that deflect attention from particular voices, Bickford mobilizes contemporary feminist theory, including Gloria Anzaldua's work on the connection between identity and politics. She develops a conception of citizen interaction characterized by adversarial communication in a context of inequality. Such a conception posits public identity―and hence public listening―as active and creative, and grounded in particular social and political contexts.

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Specifications

Country
USA
Author
Susan Bickford
Binding
Paperback
Brand
Brand: Cornell University Press
EAN
9780801483776
Edition
1
Feature
Used Book in Good Condition
ISBN
0801483778
Label
Cornell University Press
Manufacturer
Cornell University Press
NumberOfItems
1
NumberOfPages
224
PublicationDate
1996-11-26
Publisher
Cornell University Press
Studio
Cornell University Press
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Susan Bickford's cleanly and eloquently argued book is an important contribution to contemporary democratic theory. Reasoned communication has been a hot topic in democratic theory lately, but this literature has neglected the importance of, and the difficulty of, listening. Bickford corrects this by offering a compelling discussion of listening as a critical dimension of citizenship.
Bickford draws on an interesting array of theorists to build her argument. Major theorists that are familiar to the deliberative democracy literature are represented here (Aristotle, Rawls, Habermas). Hannah Arendt's concern for human plurality and difference and Benjamin Barber's image of democratic participation are influential in shaping her argument. More importantly, Bickford also includes thinkers who are not commonly represented in these debates. Her attention to feminist theorists such as Gloria Anzaldua and Audre Lorde incorporates an essential yet widely neglected dimension of political... Read more
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