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The Time is Always NowBlack Political Thought and the Transformation of US Democracy$
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Nicholas Bromell

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199973439

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199973439.001.0001

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From Indignation to Dignity

From Indignation to Dignity

What Anger Does for Democracy

(p.13) 1 From Indignation to Dignity
The Time is Always Now

Nick Bromell

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews black American thoughts about indignation and its relevance for the theory and practice of democracy. It is argued that democratic indignation is a dynamic field in which deliberative and agonistic (conflictual) models of democracy find common ground, or blend into one another. It has special significance today for anyone who wishes to bring his or her anger into democratic politics, yet who fears that doing so might undermine democracy itself.

Keywords:   indignation, dignity, black American thought, democracy, anger

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