The New Pluralism: William Connolly and the Contemporary Global Condition

The New Pluralism: William Connolly and the Contemporary Global Condition

By: David Campbell (editor), Morton Schoolman (editor)Hardback

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William Connolly, one of the best-known and most important political theorists writing today, is a principal architect of the "new pluralism." In this volume, leading thinkers in contemporary political theory and international relations provide a comprehensive investigation of the new pluralism, Connolly's contributions to it, and its influence on the fields of political theory and international relations. Together they trace the evolution of Connolly's ideas, illuminating his challenges to the "old," conventional pluralist theory that dominated American and British political science and sociology in the second half of the twentieth century. The contributors show how Connolly has continually revised his ideas about pluralism to take into account radical changes in global politics, incorporate new theories of cognition, and reflect on the centrality of religion in political conflict. They engage his arguments for an agonistic democracy in which all fundamentalisms become the objects of politicization, so that differences are not just tolerated but are productive of debate and the creative source of a politics of becoming. They also explore the implications of his work, often challenging his views to widen the reach of even his most recently developed theories. Connolly's new pluralism will provoke all citizens who refuse to subordinate their thinking to the regimes in which they reside, to religious authorities tied to the state, or to corporate interests tied to either. The New Pluralism concludes with an interview with Connolly in which he reflects on the evolution of his ideas and expands on his current work. Contributors: Roland Bleiker, Wendy Brown, David Campbell, William Connolly, James Der Derian, Thomas L. Dumm, Kathy E. Ferguson, Bonnie Honig, George Kateb, Morton Schoolman Michael J. Shapiro, Stephen K. White

About Author

David Campbell is Professor of Cultural and Political Geography at Durham University. He is the author of National Deconstruction: Violence, Identity, and Justice in Bosnia and Writing Security: United States Foreign Policy and the Politics of Identity. Morton Schoolman is Professor of Political Science at the State University of New York, Albany. He is the author of Reason and Horror: Critical Theory, Democracy, and Aesthetic Individuality and the editor of the series Modernity and Political Thought.


Introduction: Pluralism "Old" and "New" / Morton Schoolman and David Campbell 1 A Pluralist Mind: Agonistic Respect and the Problem of Violence Toward Difference / Morton Schoolman 17 Connolly's Voice / Thomas L. Dumm 62 The Time of Rights: Emergency Thoughts in an Emergency Setting / Bonnie Honig 85 Visualizing Post-National Democracy / Roland Bleiker 121 Uncertain Constellations: Dignity, Equality, Respect, and . . . ? / Stephen K. White 143 Prohibition and Transgression / George Kateb 167 Radicalizing Democratic Theory: Social Space in Connolly, Deleuze, and Ranciere / Michael J. Shapiro 197 Theorizing Dyslexia with Connolly and Haraway / Kathy E. Ferguson 221 Sovereignty and the Return of the Repressed / Wendy Brown 250 Becoming Connolly: Critique, Crossing Over, and Concepts / James Der Derian 273 Identity, Difference, and the Global: William Connolly's International Theory / David Campbell 289 An Interview with William Connolly / Morton Schoolman and David Campbell 305 Bibliography 337 About the Contributors 349 Index 353

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  • ISBN13: 9780822342465
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 376
  • ID: 9780822342465
  • ISBN10: 0822342464

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