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Dialog, walka, universalnosc: Uwagi o historycznosci demokracji
Linköping University, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2007-3736
2015 (Polish)In: Miedzy rozumieniem a porozumieniem: Eseje o demeokracji niekonsensualnej / [ed] Leszek Koczanowicz, Katarzyna Liszka, Rafal Wlodarczyk, Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Naukowe, PWN , 2015, 21-36 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Dialogue and democracy are terms that scatter meaningand breed confusionacross various scholarly disciplines, domains of public discourse, and areas of human action. This is because “dialogue” and “democracy” fulfill different functions and have different significations depending on the context in which they appear and are activated. Needless to say, these terms cannot be confined to political science or political theory in any strict sense. In this chapter I approach them from at least four different points of reference, which will turn out to be closely related.

First, in a theoretical sense, I will argue that “dialogue” and “democracy” relate to the crucial possibility of articulating notions of universality that do not confirm Western ideologies of universalism. Second, in a more historical sense, I will demonstrate that both terms are central to any historical investigation of collective political actions and the various crowd theories that have been developed within the European social sciences for the purpose of explaining such actions (Jonsson, 2008, 2013). In a third register, the thematic of dialogue and democracy broaches the problem of the relation of aesthetics and politics in a way that helps us rethink the notion of universality as a particular articulation of aesthetics. In a fourth sense, “dialogue” and “democracy” obviously encapsulate and animate the contentious contemporary debate on the possibilities or presumed dangers of cultural diversity and multiculturalism in Western societies, and here I will argue that discussions of democracy and dialogue are therefore of particular relevance for understanding the position of the intellectual in these cultural debates and struggles.

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Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Naukowe, PWN , 2015. 21-36 p.
Keyword [en]
Dialogue, Democracy, Collective, social movements and politics, universalism, class struggle
National Category
History of Ideas Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies) Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-120430ISBN: 978-83-01-18060-7OAI: diva2:844984
Available from: 2015-08-10 Created: 2015-08-10 Last updated: 2015-09-22

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