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Identity in democracy

Author: Amy Gutmann
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2003.
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"This is a book about the good, the bad, and the ugly of identity politics by one of America's leading political thinkers. Amy Gutmann rises above the raging polemics that often characterize discussions of identity groups and offers a fair-minded assessment of the role they play in democracies. She addresses fundamental questions of timeless urgency while keeping in focus their relevance to contemporary debates: Do  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Amy Gutmann
ISBN: 069109652X 9780691096520 9780691120409 0691120404
OCLC Number: 50253212
Awards: Winner of AAP/Professional and Scholarly Publishing Awards: Government and Political Science 2003.
Description: 246 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction The Good, the bad, and the ugly of identity politics --
Chapter one The Claims of cultural identity groups --
Chapter two The Value of voluntary groups --
Chapter three Identification by ascription --
Chapter four Is religious identity special? --
Conclusion Integrating identity in democracy.
Responsibility: Amy Gutmann.
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