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Redirecting Radical Democracy: From Antagonism to Alienation
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2024 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Today, alienation manifests itself primarily as precarisation and deprofessionalisation. When the subject’s work security or professional autonomy is undermined, relations – not only to others, but also to one's self – can become inhibited. This book shows that while alienation poses serious problems to modern democracies, it is a form of social suffering that is particularly difficult for democratic theory – preoccupied by the political – to address.

The book highlights that not even radical democracy, which emphasises the importance of social resistance, can include the alienated. The author shows this is not merely due to the historical emergence of radical democracy and its turn away from traditional socialism, but also to a deeper problem in the theory itself. Helander argues that in order to address alienation, radical democracy – as both normative theory and political strategy, must be reformulated starting with its deep assumptions about the subject.

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Edinburgh University Press, 2024.
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contemporary political theory, Critical Theory, Democratic theory, political theory, social movement studies
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Philosophy Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-531294ISBN: 9781399522168 (print)ISBN: 9781399522151 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-531294DiVA, id: diva2:1869075
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Johan och Jakob Söderbergs stiftelseAvailable from: 2024-06-12 Created: 2024-06-12 Last updated: 2024-06-13

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