Democracy And The Foreigner

Democracy and the Foreigner
Publisher Princeton University Press
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Category Political Science
Total Pages 224
ISBN 9781400824816
Rating 4/5 from 21 reviews
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What should we do about foreigners? Should we try to make them more like us or keep them at bay to protect our democracy, our culture, our well-being? This dilemma underlies age-old debates about immigration, citizenship, and national identity that are strikingly relevant today. In Democracy and the Foreigner, Bonnie Honig reverses the question: What problems might foreigners solve for us? Hers is not a conventional approach. Instead of lauding the achievements of individual foreigners, she probes a much larger issue--the symbolic politics of foreignness. In doing so she shows not only how our debates over foreignness help shore up our national or democratic identities, but how anxieties endemic to liberal democracy themselves animate ambivalence toward foreignness. Central to Honig's arguments are stories featuring ''foreign-founders,'' in which the origins or revitalization of a people depend upon a foreigner's energy, virtue, insight, or law. From such popular movies as The Wizard of Oz, Shane, and Strictly Ballroom to the biblical stories of Moses and Ruth to the myth of an immigrant America, from Rousseau to Freud, foreignness is represented not just as a threat but as a supplement for communities periodically requiring renewal. Why? Why do people tell stories in which their societies are dependent on strangers? One of Honig's most surprising conclusions is that an appreciation of the role of foreigners in (re)founding peoples works neither solely as a cosmopolitan nor a nationalist resource. For example, in America, nationalists see one archetypal foreign-founder--the naturalized immigrant--as reconfirming the allure of deeply held American values, whereas to cosmopolitans this immigrant represents the deeply transnational character of American democracy. Scholars and students of political theory, and all those concerned with the dilemmas democracy faces in accommodating difference, will find this book rich with valuable and stimulating insights.

Democracy and the Foreigner
  • Author : Bonnie Honig
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2009-01-10

What should we do about foreigners? Should we try to make them more like us or keep them at bay to protect our democracy, our culture, our well-being? This dilemma underlies age-old debates about immigration, citizenship, and national identity that are strikingly relevant today. In Democracy and the Foreigner, Bonnie

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  • Author : Bonnie Honig
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2011-08-28

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  • Author : Bonnie Honig
  • Publisher : Cornell University Press
  • Release Date : 2016-12-01

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  • Author : Jeffrey H. Epstein
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release Date : 2016-02-25

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  • Author : Obed Frausto,Jason Powell,Sarah Vitale
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2019-08-10

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  • Author : Apichai W. Shipper
  • Publisher : Cornell University Press
  • Release Date : 2016-03-08

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  • Author : Demetra Kasimis
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2018-07-31

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  • Publisher : Fordham Univ Press
  • Release Date : 2017-03-01

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  • Publisher : Polity
  • Release Date : 2020-04-13

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  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2009-01-10

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  • Author : M. Steven Fish
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 1996-07-22

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  • Publisher : PublicAffairs
  • Release Date : 2009-02-23

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  • Author : United States. Congress
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1846

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  • Author : Eva Garau
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2014-12-17

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  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2020-10-20

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