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Eurocentrism and the history of democracy

Isakhan, Benjamin 2016, Eurocentrism and the history of democracy, Politische vierteljahresschrift, vol. 51, pp. 56-70.

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Title Eurocentrism and the history of democracy
Author(s) Isakhan, Benjamin
Journal name Politische vierteljahresschrift
Volume number 51
Start page 56
End page 70
Total pages 15
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Publication date 2016-10-01
ISSN 1862-2860
Keyword(s) Democracy
History
Political Science
Eurocentrsim
Orientalism
Summary Building atop these earlier works, this article offers a fresh critique of the work of Dunn and other political scientists and historians who have propagated the Eurocentric history of democracy. The papers argues that such work can be dissected and critiqued along several key lines: their reliance on a distinctly patriarchal discourse riddled with prejudices; the assertion that one can understand the history of democracy via the etymology of the word itself; and the deeply Eurocentric roots of the study of democracy’s past embedded in the canon of Western political thought. The paper concludes by calling on contemporary political scientists and political historians concerned with the history of democracy to be careful in re-iterating this deeply flawed history of democracy and to instead work towards a history of democracy that retrieves the silenced histories and the forgotten democratic moments that lay behind the roar of Western power.
Language eng
Field of Research 160602 Citizenship
160603 Comparative Government and Politics
160609 Political Theory and Political Philosophy
Socio Economic Objective 940106 Citizenship and National Identity
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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