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Democracy and Justice
Reading Derrida in Istanbul

ISBN 9781138910645
Published November 9, 2016 by Routledge
174 Pages

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Book Description

This book explores the possibilities offered by Derrida’s work on democracy for interpreting contemporary struggles over democracy in Turkey.

The relationship between democracy and justice seems of unquestionable importance to Derrida, with democracy and justice held in tension by deconstruction. Agnes Czajka offers a qualified endorsement of a ‘just democracy’, grounded in the possibilities opened up by reading Derrida’s work on democracy together with his work on justice. She posits that one way of imagining democracy-to-come might be to imagine it as a ‘just democracy’, or one poised at the intersection of the aporia of democracy and the (non)imperative to justice. In the particular context of contemporary struggles over democracy in Turkey, she also explores what such comportment toward a just democracy (or a justice of/in democracy) might look like in the context of that ‘particular’ democracy.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Taksim Square Book Club

Chapter One: No Democracy without Deconstruction

Chapter Two: The Autoimmunity of Democracy

Chapter Three: #direngezi: The Struggle for Turkish Democracy

Chapter Four: The Aporias of Turkish Democracy

Chapter Five: A Just Democracy

Conclusion: The Inheritance of Democracy



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Agnes Czajka is a lecturer in the Department of Politics & International Studies at the Open University. Her research interests include contemporary social and political thought, democracy, citizenship, contentious politics, European and Mediterranean politics, and refugee and migrant politics.