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  1.  2
    Book Review: Montaigne and the Tolerance of Politics, by Douglas I. Thompson. [REVIEW]Ingrid Creppell - 2020 - Political Theory 48 (3):405-410.
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    Democracy’s History of Inegalitarianism: Symposium on Michael Hanchard, The Spectre of Race: How Discrimination Haunts Western Democracy, Princeton University Press, 2018.Robert Gooding-Williams, David Theo Goldberg, Juliet Hooker & Michael G. Hanchard - 2020 - Political Theory 48 (3):357-377.
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    The Return of the Romans.Dean Hammer - 2020 - Political Theory 48 (3):390-400.
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    Rethinking Sovereignty in an Era of Resurgent Nationalism and Populism.Jonathan Havercroft - 2020 - Political Theory 48 (3):378-389.
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    Between Race and Nation: Marcus Garvey and the Politics of Self-Determination.Desmond Jagmohan - 2020 - Political Theory 48 (3):271-302.
    This essay argues that Marcus Garvey held a constructivist theory of self-determination, one that saw nationalism and transnationalism as mutually necessary and reinforcing ideals. The argument proceeds in three steps. First it recovers Garvey’s transnationalist emphasis by looking at his intellectual debts to other diaspora struggles, namely political Zionism and Irish nationalism. Second it argues that Garvey held a constructivist view of national identity, which also grounds his argument that the black diaspora has a right to collective self-determination. Third it (...)
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    Book Review: A Political Companion to James Baldwin, Edited by Susan J. McWilliams. [REVIEW]Chris Lebron - 2020 - Political Theory 48 (3):410-415.
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    The Political Value of Disappointment Among Ex-Resistance Fighters: Confronting the Grey Zone of Founding.Maša Mrovlje - 2020 - Political Theory 48 (3):303-329.
    This essay examines how the disappointment of ex-resistance fighters can illuminate the grey zone of founding—the ambiguity of beginning anew against the background of systemic violence that eludes the predominant linear visions of transition. For a theoretical framework, I draw on Hannah Arendt’s insights into the ambiguity of beginning anew as a practice of attunement that takes oppressive practices as points of departure for democratizing political action. I explore how the ex-resisters’ stories of disappointment can invigorate this practice, focusing on (...)
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    Book Review: Hobbes and the Two Faces of Ethics, by Arash Abizadeh. [REVIEW]Devin Stauffer - 2020 - Political Theory 48 (3):401-405.
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    Leave the Dead Some Room to Dance: Postcolonial Founding and the Problem of Inheritance in Wole Soyinka’s A Dance of the Forests.David Thomas Suell - 2020 - Political Theory 48 (3):330-356.
    In this essay, I examine Nigerian playwright Wole Soyinka’s A Dance of the Forests in order to think through political founding. Viewing founding from the postcolonial context, I explore how members of a political community negotiate among the multiple pasts that continue to affect them, and what kind of institutions and actors are best equipped to pursue this critical part of the founding project. Situating Soyinka’s account against competing narratives of the postcolonial condition, I demonstrate how he uses Yoruba philosophy (...)
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    “A More Thorough Resistance”? Coalition, Critique, and the Intersectional Promise of Queer Theory.Elena Gambino - 2020 - Political Theory 48 (2):218-244.
    Queer theorists have long staked their politics in an engagement with intersectionality. Yet intersectional scholars have been some of queer theory’s most vocal critics, decrying its failure to adequately engage persistent inequalities. I approach this seeming paradox in three parts. First, I situate intersectionality within the field of critical theory, arguing that it shares critical theory’s view of power. Both traditions, I argue, understand power to generate the very marginalized figures that it subordinates. Second, while intersectional and queer theories share (...)
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    Aristotle, Tyranny, and the Small-Souled Subject.Jordan Jochim - 2020 - Political Theory 48 (2):169-191.
    Political theorists converge in identifying modern techniques of domination as habit-formative and psychologically invasive, in contrast to earlier, more blatantly coercive forms of repression. Putting Aristotle on tyranny in conversation with Michel Foucault on subject formation, this article argues for continuity across the pre- and postmodern divide. Through a close reading of the “three heads of tyranny” in Politics 5.11 —those being the tyrant’s efforts to form subjects who have small thoughts are distrustful of one another, and are incapable of (...)
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    Book Review: Democracy for Realists: Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Government, by Christopher H. Achen & Larry M. Bartels. [REVIEW]J. S. Maloy - 2020 - Political Theory 48 (2):255-260.
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    The Progress of Law: Aeschylus’s Oresteia in Feminist and Critical Theory.Wairimu Njoya - 2020 - Political Theory 48 (2):139-168.
    The Oresteia is conventionally read as an account of progress from the age of private vendetta to the public order of legal justice. According to G.W.F. Hegel, an influential proponent of this view, the establishment of a court in Athens was the first step in the progressive universalization of law. For feminists and Frankfurt School theorists, in contrast, the Oresteia offers an account of the origins of patriarchy and class domination by legal means. This article examines the two competing interpretations (...)
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    Book Review: Who Speaks for Nature? On the Politics of Science, by Laura Ephraim. [REVIEW]Melissa A. Orlie - 2020 - Political Theory 48 (2):250-254.
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    Book Review: The Promise of Party in a Polarized Age, by Russell Muirhead. [REVIEW]David Ragazzoni - 2020 - Political Theory 48 (2):260-265.
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    World-Craving: Rahel Varnhagen, Daniel Paul Schreber, and the Strange Promise of Paranoia.Noga Rotem - 2020 - Political Theory 48 (2):192-217.
    This essay reads Hannah Arendt’s Rahel Varnhagen alongside Sigmund Freud’s case history of paranoia, The Schreber Case, two texts about 18th- and 19th-century personalities caught up in the gender and ethnic politics of their times. Noting affinities between the fantasies documented in Varnhagen’s and Schreber’s memoirs, I compare Seyla Benhabib’s and Eric Santner’s readings of these two texts as political, not psychological, documents. I propose a reading of paranoia positioned between Benhabib’s too optimistic dismissal of paranoia and Santner’s too tragic (...)
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    Book Review: Extraordinary Racial Politics: Four Events in the Informal Constitution of the United States, by Fred Lee. [REVIEW]Kirstine Taylor - 2020 - Political Theory 48 (2):245-249.
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    Responsibility for Migrants: From Hospitality to Solidarity.James A. Chamberlain - 2020 - Political Theory 48 (1):57-83.
    Critics of exclusionary borders might be tempted to appeal for more hospitality, but this essay argues that such an approach is misguided and develops an alternative framework called solidarity borders. The ongoing legacies of imperialism, the functioning of global capitalism, and insights from democratic theory show that we need to problematize two key presuppositions of hospitality: a clear distinction between hosts and guests, and the exclusive right of the former to impose conditions. Moreover, Jacques Derrida provides limited guidance as to (...)
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    Book Review: Is Political Philosophy Impossible? Thoughts and Behaviour in Normative Political Theory, by Jonathan Floyd. [REVIEW]Burke Hendrix - 2020 - Political Theory 48 (1):126-130.
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    Book Review: Is Political Philosophy Impossible? Thoughts and Behaviour in Normative Political Theory, by Jonathan Floyd. [REVIEW]Burke Hendrix - 2020 - Political Theory 48 (1):126-130.
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    Diderot’s Letter on the Blind as Disability Political Theory.Nancy J. Hirschmann - 2020 - Political Theory 48 (1):84-108.
    This essay considers Denis Diderot’s Letter on the Blind for the Use of Those Who Can See as a work that can contribute to a disability political theory. By recounting the experiences of visually impaired persons in their own words, Diderot opens up possibilities for a disability politics of self-representation, maintaining that sighted persons should listen to blind persons’ accounts of their own experience rather than relying on their own imaginings and assumptions. By using blind experiences to challenge a philosophical (...)
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    Violent Attachments.Hagar Kotef - 2020 - Political Theory 48 (1):4-29.
    Drawing on feminist and queer critiques that see violence as constitutive of identities, this essay points to subject-positions whose construction is necessarily conditioned by exercising violence. Focusing on settler colonialism, I reverse the optics of the first set of critiques: rather than seeing the self as taking form through the injuries she suffers, I try to understand selves that are structurally constituted by causing injury to others. This analysis refuses the assumption that violence is in conflict with identity, and that, (...)
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    The Politics of Makarrata: Understanding Indigenous–Settler Relations in Australia.Adrian Little - 2020 - Political Theory 48 (1):30-56.
    In May 2017, the Uluru Statement from the Heart was released, providing an Indigenous response to debates on recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian constitution. The document advocated for a “Makarrata Commission,” which would oversee truth telling and agreement making. This essay analyzes the concept of Makarrata as it has emerged in the context of Indigenous–settler relations in Australia and argues for a deeper engagement of non-Indigenous people with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander concepts and (...)
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    Book Review: The Practice of Political Theory: Rorty and Continental Thought, by Clayton Chin. [REVIEW]David Rondel - 2020 - Political Theory 48 (1):131-134.
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    Book Review: The Enigma of Clarence Thomas, by Corey Robin. [REVIEW]Brandon M. Terry - 2020 - Political Theory 48 (1):109-121.
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    Book Review: The Enigma of Clarence Thomas, by Corey Robin. [REVIEW]Brandon M. Terry - 2020 - Political Theory 48 (1):109-121.
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    Book Review: Poetic Justice: Rereading Plato’s “Republic,” by Jill Frank. [REVIEW]Jonny Thakkar - 2020 - Political Theory 48 (1):121-126.
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