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- ix, 253 p.
- Contents: 1. Introduction: the intellectuals at century's end -- 2. Who are the intellectuals? -- 3. The civil intellectual and the public -- 4. The subversive intellectual and the public -- 5. The civil society ideal -- 6. The intellectuals and the politics of culture after communism -- 7. The university -- 8. Race and discursive disruption -- 9. Race and sustained deliberation -- 10. Why is there no feminism after communism? -- 11. Civility and subversion in cynical times.Includes bibliographical references and index.Summary: The book provides a sophisticated alternative to existing accounts of the role of the intellectual in modern democracy. Arguing that society suffers from a systemic deliberation deficit. Jeffrey Goldfarb explores the potential of the intellectual as democratic agent, at once civilizing political contestation and subverting complacent consensus. Professor Goldfarb deploys classical and contemporary social theory to analyze a diverse set of intellectuals in action, from Socrates in fifth-century Athens to Malcolm X and Toni Morrison in twentieth-century America, and, drawing on personal acquaintance, the political dissidents in communist and post-communist Central Europe.