By Courtney Bender, Pamela Klassen
The members to this quantity deal with pluralism as an idea that's traditionally and ideologically produced or, placed in a different way, as a doctrine that's embedded inside more than a few political, civic, and cultural associations. Their critique considers how spiritual distinction is framed as an issue that merely pluralism can resolve. operating relatively throughout international locations and disciplines, the essays in After Pluralism discover pluralism as a "term of artwork" that units the norms of identification and the parameters of trade, stumble upon, and clash. members find pluralism's beliefs in various sites—Broadway performs, Polish Holocaust memorials, Egyptian dream interpretations, German jails, and criminal theories—and exhibit its shaping of political and social interplay in wonderful and robust methods. all through, they query assumptions underlying pluralism's discourse and its impact at the criminal judgements that form glossy non secular perform. participants do greater than deconstruct this concept; they take on what comes subsequent. Having validated the family tree and results of pluralism, they generate new questions for enticing the collective worlds and a number of registers within which faith operates.
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Yet if religious differences block public participation—if the representation of a plurality of religious participants in the public sphere is not possible, for example—then the promise of democracy remains unfulfilled. Yet when we imagine the public sphere as divided into “units” of difference, we tend to undercut the possibilities for interaction that might actually facilitate democratic processes. We are trapped between a politics of representation in which we try (and repeatedly fail) to find the perfect formula for providing representation to any and all groups (or groups within groups) and a politics of blindness to differences—in other words, between the difficulties of identity politics and the historic failures of acting as though social differences do not exist or do not matter.
This queer critique suggests that gender and sexuality are constitutive elements of the imagination of the moral self, and Foucault argues that in terms of modern norms to be such a self is to be one who is fundamentally self-willed, who is autonomous. The connection between these norms and biopower means that sex works to produce not just the autonomous individual but also the autonomous nation. Why else would the moral health of an entire nation be marked by whether a small minority of the population engaged in particular sex acts?
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After Pluralism: Reimagining Religious Engagement by Courtney Bender, Pamela Klassen