Rights, Democracy, and Fulfillment in the Era of Identity Politics develops a critical theory of human rights and global democracy. Ingram both develops a theory of rights and applies it to a range of concrete and timely issues, such as the persistence of racism in contemporary American society; the emergence of so-called "whiteness theory;" the failure of identity politics; the tensions between emphases on antidiscrimination and affirmative action in the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990; the great unresolved issues of workplace democracy; and the dilemmas of immigration policy for the U.S. and Europe.
David Ingram is professor of philosophy at Loyola University, Chicago.
Part 1 Introduction: New Critical Theory: Taking Rights, Democracy, and Identity Politics Seriously Chapter 2 Human Rights and Differends: The Fragmentation of Reason and Identity in the (Post)modern Age Part 3 I Identity Chapter 4 White Man's Burden? Ethnicity and Race in the Era of Identity Politics Chapter 5 Identity Politics and Law: Reflections on Disability Part 6 II Deliberative Democracy Chapter 7 Democracy and Racial Identity: Reconsidering Representation Chapter 8 Democracy and the Rule of Law: Differends and Crises in Post-Liberal Capitalism Part 9 III Rights Chapter 10 Toward a Pragmatist and Perfectionist Theory of Rights Chapter 11 Human Rights and International Justice Part 12 Concluding Remarks: Achieving Global Harmony Through Transformative Dialogue