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The New Pluralism William Connolly and the Contemporary Global Condition by David Campbell
  

The New Pluralism William Connolly and the Contemporary Global Condition

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The New Pluralism William Connolly and the Contemporary Global Condition by David Campbell

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 SchoolmanMichael J. Shapiro, Stephen K. White

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The 11 essays demonstrate great appreciation for Connolly's work, as well as the mode in which he reflected on contemporary politics. . . . Recommended. -- M. Coulter * Choice * The New Pluralism. . .offers an unparalleled overview of this influential thinker. -- James Proctor * The Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory * This is an engaging collection of essays that provides an accessible introduction to William Connolly's oeuvre, but its strength lies in the varied approaches the authors explore in responding to and problematizing aspects of his thought. It is highly recommended for graduate students and those academics interested in exploring Connolly's ideas for the first time or critically reengaging them. -- Rosemary E. Shinko * International Studies Review * A most welcome book. Due to his impressive and highly innovative string of writings, William Connolly has emerged as a leading, perhaps the leading, political theorist in the United States today. In our globalizing and multicultural world where cultures, ethnicities, and creeds are increasingly pushed together, his defense of a new and deep pluralism acquires an urgent timeliness. The contributors to the volume ably reveal both the wide range and the intense subtlety of Connolly's work. -Fred Dallmayr, Packey J. Dee Professor of Political Science and Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame The 11 essays demonstrate great appreciation for Connolly's work, as well as the mode in which he reflected on contemporary politics. . . . Recommended. - M. Coulter, Choice The New Pluralism. . .offers an unparalleled overview of this influential thinker. - James Proctor, The Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory This is an engaging collection of essays that provides an accessible introduction to William Connolly's oeuvre, but its strength lies in the varied approaches the authors explore in responding to and problematizing aspects of his thought. It is highly recommended for graduate students and those academics interested in exploring Connolly's ideas for the first time or critically reengaging them. - Rosemary E. Shinko, International Studies Review


About the 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.

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Publication date

25th May 2008

Author

David Campbell

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Publisher

Duke University Press

Format

Paperback
376 pages

Categories

Political science & theory

ISBN

9780822342700

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