9780801485992-0801485991-The Will to Empower: Democratic Citizens and Other Subjects

The Will to Empower: Democratic Citizens and Other Subjects

ISBN-13: 9780801485992
ISBN-10: 0801485991
Edition: 1
Author: Cruikshank, Barbara
Publication date: 1999
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Format: Paperback 160 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780801485992
ISBN-10: 0801485991
Edition: 1
Author: Cruikshank, Barbara
Publication date: 1999
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Format: Paperback 160 pages

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Acknowledged authors Cruikshank, Barbara wrote The Will to Empower: Democratic Citizens and Other Subjects comprising 160 pages back in 1999. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0801485991 and 9780801485992. Since then The Will to Empower: Democratic Citizens and Other Subjects textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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How do liberal democracies produce citizens who are capable of governing themselves? In considering this question, Barbara Cruikshank rethinks central topics in political theory, including the relationship between welfare and citizenship, democracy and despotism, and subjectivity and subjection.

Drawing on theories of power and the creation of subjects, Cruikshank argues that individuals in a democracy are made into self-governing citizens through the small-scale and everyday practices of voluntary associations, reform movements, and social service programs. She argues that our empowerment is a measure of our subjection rather than of our autonomy from power. Through a close examination of several contemporary American "technologies of citizenship"―from welfare rights struggles to philanthropic self-help schemes to the organized promotion of self-esteem awareness―she demonstrates how social mobilization reshapes the political in ways largely unrecognized in democratic theory. Although the impact of a given reform movement may be minor, the techniques it develops for creating citizens far extend the reach of govermental authority.

Combining a detailed knowledge of social policy and practice with insights from poststructural and feminist theory, The Will to Empower shows how democratic citizens and the political are continually recreated.

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