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Democracy's Reconstruction: Thinking Politically with W.E.B. Du Bois

Lawrie Balfour


This book challenges a longstanding tendency in political theory: the disciplinary division that separates political theory proper from the study of black politics. Political theory rarely engages with black political thinkers, despite the fact that the problem of racial inequality is central to the entire enterprise of American political theory. To address this lacuna, it focuses on the political thought of W. E. B. Du Bois, particularly his longstanding concern with the relationship between slavery's legacy and the prospects for democracy in the era he lived in. The book utilizes Du Bois as ... More

Keywords: political theory, black politics, racial inequality, W. E. B. Du Bois, slavery, democracy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780195377293
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377293.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lawrie Balfour, author
University of Virginia
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