UNH Speakers Bureau

Democratic Theorizing from the Margins (Book Title)

 

Program Description:

Democratic Theorizing from the Margins lays out the basic parameters of diversity-based politics as a still emerging form of democratic theory. Students, activists, and scholars engage in diversity politics on the ground, but generally remain unable to conceptualize a broad understanding of how “politics from the margins”—that is, political thinking and action that comes from groups often left on the outside of mainstream organizing and action—operates effectively in different contexts and environments. Brettschneider offers concrete lessons from many movements to see what they tell us about a new sort of democratic politics. She also addresses traditional democratic theories and draws on the myriad discerning practices employed by marginalized groups in their political activism to enhance the critical capacities of potential movements committed to both social change and democratic action. (Temple University Press, 2002)


Speaker:

Marla Brettschneider

Marla Brettschneider is professor of political philosophy with a joint appointment in political science and women's studies at the University of New Hampshire. She is a democratic theorist, focusing on diversity issues broadly, and particularly areas of : feminist, queer, critical –race, class-based, and Jewish political theory and activism. Marla is a co-founder and coordinator of the UNH queer studies program and is the coordinator of the UNH women's studies program.

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