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Confident Pluralism - Surviving and Thriving through Deep Difference John D. Inazu

Confident Pluralism - Surviving and Thriving through Deep Difference By John D. Inazu

Confident Pluralism - Surviving and Thriving through Deep Difference by John D. Inazu


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Inazu mounts a rousing case for the importance of pluralism as a cornerstone value of American (and international) society, arguing that we really can live peaceably together despite our differences and that we can and should reorient our legal and political system to acknowledge difference while still valuing social cohesion.

Confident Pluralism - Surviving and Thriving through Deep Difference Summary

Confident Pluralism - Surviving and Thriving through Deep Difference by John D. Inazu

In the three years since Donald Trump first announced his plans to run for president, the United States seems to become more dramatically polarized and divided with each passing month. There are seemingly irresolvable differences in the beliefs, values, and identities of citizens across the country that too often play out in our legal system in clashes on a range of topics such as the tensions between law enforcement and minority communities. How can we possibly argue for civic aspirations like tolerance, humility, and patience in our current moment? In Confident Pluralism, John D. Inazu analyzes the current state of the country, orients the contemporary United States within its broader history, and explores the ways that Americans can-and must-strive to live together peaceably despite our deeply engrained differences. Pluralism is one of the founding creeds of the United States-yet America's society and legal system continues to face deep, unsolved structural problems in dealing with differing cultural anxieties and differing viewpoints. Inazu not only argues that it is possible to cohabitate peacefully in this country, but also lays out realistic guidelines for our society and legal system to achieve the new American dream through civic practices that value toleration over protest, humility over defensiveness, and persuasion over coercion. With a new preface that addresses the election of Donald Trump, the decline in civic discourse after the election, the Nazi march in Charlottesville, and more, this new edition of Confident Pluralism is an essential clarion call during one of the most troubled times in US history. Inazu argues for institutions that can work to bring people together as well as political institutions that will defend the unprotected. Confident Pluralism offers a refreshing argument for how the legal system can protect peoples' personal beliefs and differences and provides a path forward to a healthier future of tolerance, humility, and patience.

About John D. Inazu

John D. Inazu is the Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law and Religion at Washington University in St. Louis.

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NPB9780226365459
9780226365459
022636545X
Confident Pluralism - Surviving and Thriving through Deep Difference by John D. Inazu
New
Hardback
The University of Chicago Press
20160524
176
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