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The Problem of African American Public(s): Dewey and African American Politics in the 21st Century

The Problem of African American Public(s): Dewey and African American Politics in the 21st Century Contemporary Pragmatism Vol. 7, No. 1 (June 2010), 9­29 Editions Rodopi © 2010 Dewey's account of the eclipse of publics in The Public and Its Problems has special relevance to the contemporary challenges of post-soul politics. The civil rights movement has transformed social conditions, so that continued uncritical reference to it as a framework for black political activity blocks the way to innovative thinking about African American politics. Conceptions of community that have informed African-American politics in the past have given way to a fractured and fragmented public unable to identify itself. I argue for a view of community and democracy that takes seriously the complexity of racialized experiences in the U.S., and instantiates new forms of communication to form democratic dispositions capable of addressing the challenges of our current moment. Have the past struggles succeeded? What has succeeded? yourself? your nation? Nature? Now understand me well ­ it is provided in the essence of things that from any fruition of success, no matter what, shall come forth something to make a greater struggle necessary. Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass The old saying that the cure for the ills of democracy is more democracy is not apt if http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Pragmatism Brill

The Problem of African American Public(s): Dewey and African American Politics in the 21st Century

Contemporary Pragmatism , Volume 7 (1): 9 – Apr 21, 2010

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Brill
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© Copyright 2010 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1572-3429
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1875-8185
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10.1163/18758185-90000153
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Contemporary Pragmatism Vol. 7, No. 1 (June 2010), 9­29 Editions Rodopi © 2010 Dewey's account of the eclipse of publics in The Public and Its Problems has special relevance to the contemporary challenges of post-soul politics. The civil rights movement has transformed social conditions, so that continued uncritical reference to it as a framework for black political activity blocks the way to innovative thinking about African American politics. Conceptions of community that have informed African-American politics in the past have given way to a fractured and fragmented public unable to identify itself. I argue for a view of community and democracy that takes seriously the complexity of racialized experiences in the U.S., and instantiates new forms of communication to form democratic dispositions capable of addressing the challenges of our current moment. Have the past struggles succeeded? What has succeeded? yourself? your nation? Nature? Now understand me well ­ it is provided in the essence of things that from any fruition of success, no matter what, shall come forth something to make a greater struggle necessary. Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass The old saying that the cure for the ills of democracy is more democracy is not apt if

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Published: Apr 21, 2010

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