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Annual King Hussein Memorial Lecture on Cultural Dialogue - Everyday Democracy: How New Relationships Can Help Overcome Social Segregation and Build a Common Good

10th May 2012, 18:15 to 19:15, Calman Learning Centre, Durham University, South Road, Durham, by Professor Marc Stears


Everyday Democracy: How New Relationships Can Help Overcome Social Segregation and Build a Common Good.

Social unrest arises from social distrust and social segregation. This summer's riots across England demonstrated that fact. They showed too that these problems are not confined to developing countries or to those riven with traditional cultural animosities but are endemic to our modern social and political life.

Professor Marc Stears will examine social unrest in the context of rising social distrust and social segregation and will argue that such problems can only be redressed if we dramatically reconceptualise our understanding of democracy itself.


This is the fourth Annual King Hussein Memorial Lecture on Cultural Dialogue and we are honoured that the guest speaker will be Professor Marc Stears, Oxford University.   Stears is a political philosopher who aims to relate the most profound questions of his discipline to our experiences of everyday life. His research has focused on the prospects for democratic renewal in our cities, neighbourhoods, workplaces and homes. He is the author of Demanding Democracy: American Radicals in Search of a New Politics and Progressives, Pluralists and the Problems of the State. He was also the joint editor of The Labour Tradition and the Politics of Paradox, the so-called Blue Labour book, which was downloaded by over 100,000 people in its first month of publication last year. He is Professor of Political Theory at Oxford University, having previously been Fellow in Politics at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He is also a Visiting Fellow of the Institute for Public Policy Research, for whom he recently wrote Everyday Democracy, the themes of which he takes up in his lecture.

Abstract
Social unrest arises from social distrust and social segregation.This summer's riots across England demonstrated that fact. They showed too that these problems are not confined to developing countries or to those riven with traditional cultural animosities but are endemic to our modern social and political life. In this provocative lecture, the political philosopher Marc Stears will argue that such problems can only be redressed if we dramatically reconceptualize our understanding of democracy itself. We need, he will insist, to stop thinking of democratic politics as a practice essentially concerned with elections, legislation and government and to start thinking of it as an everyday cultural practice, located in our neighbourhoods, workplaces, public services and even our own homes. Only when we can transform almost every aspect of our lives into a more democratic experience can we hope to overcome the divisions that blight our societies today. 

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