Steven Johnston's American Dionysia: Violence, Tragedy, and Democratic PDF

By Steven Johnston

ISBN-10: 1107100607

ISBN-13: 9781107100602

ISBN-10: 1107496675

ISBN-13: 9781107496675

Violence and tragedy riddle democracy - no longer because of deadly shortcomings or pointless mess ups, yet as a result of its very layout and good fortune. To articulate this troubling declare, Steven Johnston explores the cruelty of democratic founding, the brutal use democracies make of voters and animals in the course of wartime, the ambiguous results of legislative motion expressive of majority rule, and militant practices of citizenship required to accommodate democracy's enemies. Democracy needs to take accountability for its luck: to rule in denial of violence in simple terms replicates it. Johnston hence demands the improvement of a sad democratic politics and proposes institutional and civic responses to democracy's reign, together with the reinvention of tragic fairs and vacation trips, a brand new breed of public memorials, and obligatory congressional reparations classes. Theorizing the violent puzzle of democracy, Johnston addresses vintage and modern political thought, motion pictures, little recognized monuments, the subversive song of Bruce Springsteen, and the opportunity of democratic violence via the folk themselves.

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