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Aversive Democracy
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Introduction: towards an aversive account of democracy; 1. Democracy, universalization and (dis)agreement; 2. Democratic argumentation: rhetoric and imagination; 3. Democratic identification and aspect change; 4. Democratic subjectivity: the promise of democratic community; 5. Conclusion: aversive democracy: exemplarity, imagination and passion.

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A fresh insight into the complexities of democratic life and the emergence of new political claims.

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Aletta J. Norval is Reader in Political Theory in the Department of Government at the University of Essex. She is the author of Deconstructing Apartheid Discourse (1996).

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'A profoundly thoughtful work that establishes Aletta Norval in the front rank of contemporary political theorists. Through a reciprocal elucidation of the insights and illusions of deliberative and post-structuralist approaches to democracy, Norval grounds a compelling argument for the value of a Wittgensteinian turn in democratic theory. Aversive Democracy promises to become a pivotal text for the future direction of radical democratic thought.' David Owen, University of Southampton 'Building on Wittgenstein, Cavell and Derrida, Aletta Norval elucidates the intersubjective experience of critical democratic praxis ('aversive democracy') with an approach that reaches beyond agonistic and deliberative theories while preserving the gains of both.' James Tully, University of Victoria

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