Using a rich array of newly available sources and contemporary methodologies from many disciplines, the ten original essays in this volume give a fresh appraisal of Addams as a theorist and practitioner of democracy. In an increasingly interdependent world, Addams's life work offers resources for activists, scholars, policy makers, and theorists alike. This volume demonstrates how scholars continue to interpret Addams as a model for transcending disciplinary boundaries, generating theory out of concrete experience, and keeping theory and practice in close and fruitful dialogue.
Contributors are Harriet Hyman Alonso, Victoria Bissell Brown, Wendy Chmielewski, Marilyn Fischer, Shannon Jackson, Louise W. Knight, Carol Nackenoff, Karen Pastorello, Wendy Sarvasay, Charlene Haddock Seigfried, and Camilla Stivers.
Marilyn Fischer is a professor of philosophy at the University of Dayton and a coeditor of a four-volume set of Jane Addams's Writings on Peace. Carol Nackenoff is Richter Professor of Political Science at Swarthmore College and the author of The Fictional Republic: Horatio Alger and American Political Discourse. Wendy Chmielewski is the George Cooley Curator of the Swarthmore College Peace Collection, which holds the largest collection of Jane Addams's papers and other material related to Addams and her work for peace.