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Imagined Democracies: Necessary Political Fictions

Yaron Ezrahi
Format
Book
Published
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Language
English
ISBN
9781107025752 (hbk.), 1107025753 (hbk.)
Related Resources
Cover image Publisher description Contributor biographical information Table of contents only
Summary
"This book proposes a revisionist approach to democratic politics. Yaron Ezrahi focuses on the creative unconscious collective imagination that generates ever-changing visions of legitimate power and authority, which compete for enactment and institutionalization in the political arena. If, in the past, political authority was grounded in fictions such as the divine right of kings, the laws of nature, historical determinism, and scientism, today the space of democratic politics is filled with multiple alternative social imaginaries of the desirable political order. Exposure to electronic mass media has made contemporary democratic publics more aware that credible popular fictions have greater impact on shaping our political realities than do rational social choices or moral arguments. The pressing political question in contemporary democracy is, therefore, how to select and enact political fictions that promote peace, not violence, and how to found the political order on checks and balances between alternative political imaginaries of freedom and justice"--
Description
xiv, 325 p. ; 24 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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