Democracy is very much an open question in the early twenty-first century. While voter participation declines in many traditional democracies, new movements for democracy are emerging around the world. This book brings the question of democracy out of the halls of political power and home to our daily lives, pitting "official democracy" and "democracy from below" against one another in a lively debate. For more information see www.democraticimagination.com.
James Cairns is Associate Professor in the Contemporary Studies Department at Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford. He is the co-author with Alan Sears of A Good Book, In Theory (third edition, 2015) and The Democratic Imagination: Envisioning Popular Power in the Twenty-First Century (2012). Alan Sears is Professor of Sociology at Ryerson University. He is the author of The New Left: A History of the Future (2014) and co-author with James Cairns of The Democratic Imagination: Envisioning Popular Power in the Twenty-First Century (2012).
List of Exercising Your Democratic Imagination Textboxes Acknowledgements 1. Democracy as an Open Question 2. Political, Social, and Economic Democracy 3. Citizenship and Inequality 4. There and Not There: Representation and Participation 5. Red Tape: Bureaucracy, Democracy, and the State 6. The Power of Knowing 7. Democracy and Body Politics 8. The Struggle Continues Glossary References Index