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Democratic Piety: Complexity, Conflict and Violence

Adrian Little


This book presents an analysis of the nature of democratic theory, focusing on the prevalence of pious discourses of democracy in contemporary politics. Democracy is now promoted in religious terms to such an extent that it has become sacrosanct in Western political theory. The book argues that such piety relies on unsophisticated political analysis, paying scant attention to the complex conditions of contemporary politics. The contention is that it is more useful to think of democracy in terms of the centrality of political disagreement and its propensity to generate political violence. This ... More

Keywords: democratic theory, contemporary politics, terrorism, complexity theory, post-structuralism, radical democracy, Jacques Ranciére, William Connolly, Chantal Mouffe, Judith Butler

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780748633654
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633654.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adrian Little, author