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The Parent as Citizen: A Democratic Dilemma

Brian Duff


When leaders and citizens in the United States articulate their core political beliefs, they often do so in terms of parenthood and family. But while the motives might be admirable, the results of such thinking are often corrosive to our democratic goals. This book reveals how efforts to make the experience of parenthood inform citizenship contribute to the most persistent problems in modern democracy and democratic theory. The book explains how influential theories of democratic citizenship rely on the experience of parenthood to help individuals rise to the challenges of politics, and demons ... More

Keywords: leaders, citizens, core political beliefs, parenthood, family, democratic goals, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Friedrich Nietzsche, Richard Rorty, Cornel West

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780816672721
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816672721.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian Duff, author
Assistant Professor, Political Science, University of New England, Biddeford Campus