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Sharing Democracy

Michaele L. Ferguson


It is frequently assumed that the “people” must have something in common, or else democracy will fail. This assumption that democracy requires commonality – such as a shared nationality, a common culture, or consensus on a core set of values – sets theorists and political actors alike on a futile search for what we have in common, and generates misplaced anxiety when it turns out that this commonality is not forthcoming. Sharing Democracy argues that this preoccupation with commonality misdirects our attention toward what we share and away from how we share in democracy. This produces an ironi ... More

Keywords: commonality, democracy, political freedom, protest, common, world-building, activity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199921584
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199921584.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michaele L. Ferguson, author
University of Colorado