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Antidemocracy in America

Truth, Power, and the Republic at Risk

Edited by: Eric Klinenberg, Sharon Marcus,  and Caitlin Zaloom
With contributions of: Michelle Wilde Anderson, Lisa Wade, Thomas J. Sugrue, Victor Pickard, Saskia Sassen, Alina Das, Oona A. Hathaway, Scott J. Shapiro, Richard Sennett, Pedro Noguera, Fred Turner, Craig Calhoun, Margaret Levi, Shamus Khan, Gretchen Blake, Patrick Sharkey, Linda Gordon, Richard Shrum, Philip Gorski, Tanya Marie Luhrmann, Shapira, Harel., Ashley Farmer, Douglas S. Massey, Steven Lukes, Michelle Jackson, David B. Grusky, Daniel Aldana Cohen, Wendy Brown, Judith Butler, Michele Lamont, Jack Halberstam, Jefferson Cowie,  and William Julius Wilson
Antidemocracy in America is a collective effort to understand the fragility of American democracy and how to protect it from the buried contradictions that Trump’s victory brought into view. It offers essays from leading scholars on topics including race, religion, gender, civil liberties, protest, inequality, immigration, and the media.

Author Information

KlinenbergEric:

Eric Klinenberg is a professor in the Department of Sociology and Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. He is the author Palaces for the People (forthcoming), Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone (Penguin, 2013), and Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago (Chicago, 2002), and co-author of Modern Romance (with Aziz Ansari, Penguin, 2015).MarcusSharon:

Sharon Marcus is the Orlando Harriman Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. She is the author of Apartment Stories: City and Home in Nineteenth-Century Paris and London(California, 1999) and Between Women: Friendship, Desire, and Marriage in Victorian England (Princeton, 2007), and Editor-in-Chief of Public Books.ZaloomCaitlin:

Caitlin Zaloom is an associate professor in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis and a senior fellow at the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. She is the author of Out of the Pits: Traders and Technology from Chicago to London(Chicago, 2006) and Editor-in-Chief of Public Books.PickardVictor:

Reader #2 - Victor Pickard is an Associate Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of America's Battle for Media Democracy: The Triumph of Corporate Libertarianism and the Future of Media Reform (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and the co-editor of The Future of Internet Policy (Routledge, 2015) and Will the Last Reporter Please Turn out the Lights: The Collapse of Journalism and What Can Be Done To Fix It (The New Press, 2011). I chose him for his background in media policy.KhanShamus:

Shamus Khan is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Columbia University. He is the series coeditor of The Middle Range series (Columbia), author of Privilege: The Making of an Adolescent Elite at St. Paul's School (Princeton, 2011), co-author of The Practice of Research (w Dana Fisher; Oxford, 2013), and the editor of the journal Public Culture.BrownWendy:

Wendy Brown (PhD, Political Philosophy, Princeton) is Class of 1936 First Professor of Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley. She is the author of Undoing the Demos: Neoliberalism's Stealth Revolution (Zone, 2015), Walled States, Waning Sovereignty (Zone, 2010), and Regulating Aversion: Tolerance in the Age of Empire and Identity (Princeton, 2006) and coauthor (with Rainer Forst) of The Power of Tolerance (Columbia, 2014), among a number of other titles. Her interests include political theory, critical theory, continental philosophy, psychoanalysis, democratic theory, capitalism, and neoliberalism.ButlerJudith:

Judith Butler (PhD, Philosophy, Yale) is the Maxine Eliot Professor in the Departments of Rhetoric and
Comparative Literature and the Program of Critical Theory (of which she was the Founding Director) at the University of California at Berkeley. Among her many works are Subjects of Desire: Hegelian Reflections in Twentieth-Century France (Columbia, 2012), Parting Ways: Jewishness and the Critique of Zionism (Columbia, 2012), Antigone's Claim: Kinship Between Life and Death (Columbia, 2002), and (with Jurgen Habermas, Charles Taylor, and Cornel West) The Power of Religion in the Public Sphere (Columbia, 2011).HalberstamJack:

Jack Halberstam (PhD, English Literature, Minnesota) is Professor of English and Comparative Literature and of Gender Studies at Columbia University. He is the author of several books, including Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal (Beacon, 2012), Trans*: A Quick and Quirky Account of Gender Variability (California, 2018), and Female Masculinity (Duke, 1998). He specializes in queer theory, cultural studies, gender studies, and feminist theory.Eric Klinenberg is professor of sociology and director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. His most recent book is Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life (2018).

Caitlin Zaloom is associate professor of social and cultural analysis at New York University. She is the author of Out of the Pits: Traders and Technology from Chicago to London (2006) and Indebted: How Families Make College Work At Any Cost (2019) and cofounder and coeditor in chief of Public Books.

Sharon Marcus is Orlando Harriman Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. She is the author of Between Women: Friendship, Desire, and Marriage in Victorian England (2007) and The Drama of Celebrity (2019) and cofounder and coeditor in chief of Public Books.

Reviews

Anthony S. Chen, author of The Fifth Freedom: Jobs, Politics, and Civil Rights in the United States, 1941-1972:
This book offers readers more than respite from the relentless buzz of tweets, shares, and posts that overcrowd our daily consciousness; it supplies a beneficial point of departure for thinking critically about the direction of our political life in these challenging times. Antidemocracy in America is thoughtfully curated and insightful.

Kevin Kruse and Julian Zelizer, coauthors of Fault Lines: A History of the United States Since 1974:
This provocative book offers an all-star lineup for scholars from multiple disciplines who provide a fascinating analysis of the anti-democratic forces that have gained hold within the United States. As readers try to make sense of the era of Trump, this is a perfect starting point to make sense of the troubling developments we have seen.

Alondra Nelson, author of The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation After the Genome:
Antidemocracy in America is essential reading for understanding the deep divisions within American society, which are not new and have led us to this critical moment in U.S. political culture.

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