Deliberative Global Politics: Discourse and Democracy in a by John S. Dryzek

By John S. Dryzek

Contending discourses underlie some of the worlds such a lot intractable conflicts, generating distress and violence. this can be very true within the post-9/11 international. despite the fact that, contending discourses may also open the right way to larger discussion in worldwide civil society and throughout states and foreign agencies. This chance holds even for the main murderous forms of conflicts in deeply divided societies.In this well timed and unique e-book, John Dryzek examines significant modern conflicts when it comes to clashing discourses. issues coated contain the alleged conflict of civilizations; societies divided via ethnicity, nationality, or faith; fiscal globalization as opposed to resistance; plus an in-depth dialogue of the 'war on terror'. Dryzek concludes through highlighting the restrictions of present neoconservative and cosmopolitan techniques, arguing that purely deliberative international politics deals extraordinary new probabilities for democratic engagement within the overseas system.This publication may be of curiosity to scholars and students of diplomacy, politics, philosophy, and sociology.

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Indeed, it is because of the poten­ tial for such choices becoming consequential in the contemporary world, including the international system, that the extent of the importance of discourses for intelligent 22 Welcome to a Divided World action becomes apparent. The possibilities for such action are actually enhanced to the degree postmodernists are right in their core claim that we are witnessing the dissolution of the meta-narratives (science, instrumental-analytic rationality progress, individualism) that defined the modern era.

40 Clash of Civilizations to Engagement of Discourses Huntington believes that democracy and modernization will lead to increasing Islamization of Turkish politics; but as of 2005, even the main Islamist parties want to join the Euro­ pean Union. Another interpretation of Turkish politics is that the contest between Islamic and secular forces goes all the way down from elites to masses; its secular discourse of Kemalism (following Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of the modern Turkish state) is not just the preserve of elites.

I will argue that modernization can indeed facilitate the seem­ ing clash of civilizations - but with an accent on the "seeming," so not in quite the way Huntington supposes. What Hunting­ ton ascribes to modernization is in fact a process of reflexive traditionalization (as described in chapter 1), in which increased awareness of competing traditions and their impli­ cations leads to defensive retreat into some version of one's own tradition. Yet this very act of retreat, and the awareness that causes it, themselves mean that one's own tradition becomes altered, radicalized, or perhaps even created anew.

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