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Decency and difference : humanity and the global challenge of identity politics / Steven C. Roach.

Author/creator Roach, Steven C. author.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, 2019.
Descriptionxiii, 273 pages ; 24 cm.
Series Configurations : critical studies of world politics
Configurations (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Contents The idea of decency -- The making of a basic human value -- Liberal decency and the global challenge of identity politics -- Affective decency and its unstructured potential -- Islamism and Egyptian politics -- Global and local justice in Northern Uganda -- The Roma's moral predicament and the European Union -- Decency in the age of Trump.
Abstract "Decency remains one of the most prevalent yet least understood terms in today's political discourse. In evoking respect, kindness, courage, integrity, reason, and tolerance, it has long expressed an unquestioned duty and belief in promoting and protecting the dignity of all persons. Today this unquestioned belief is in crisis. Tribalism and identity politics have both hindered and threatened its moral stability and efficacy. Still, many continue to undertheorize its political character by isolating it from the effects of identity politics. Decency and Difference argues that decency is a primary source of the political tension that has long shaped the struggles for power, identity, and justice in the global arena. It distinguishes among basic, conservative, and liberal strands of decency to critically examine the many conflicting and competing applications of decency in global politics. Together these different stands reflect a long and uneven evolution from the British and American Empire to a global network of justice. By engaging the contradictions of the progressive and retrogressive qualities of decency and the role played by emotion and affect in driving these contradictions, the book exposes the propriety gaps of decency and the disparate ways that it is practiced in global politics. The book thus addresses the global challenge of reconciling different political proprieties and configuring a diverse political ethic of decency"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index.
Issued in other formOnline version: Roach, Steven C., Decency and difference Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, 2019. 9780472126156
LCCN 2019025038

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