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Constituent Moments: Enacting the People in Postrevolutionary America

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Since the American Revolution, there has been broad cultural consensus that “the people” are the only legitimate ground of public authority in the United States. For just as long, there has been disagreement over who the people are and how they should be represented or institutionally embodied. In Constituent Moments, Jason Frank explores this dilemma of authorization: the ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published January 4th 2010 by Duke University Press Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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wrote with clarity and theoretical depth. quite impressive.
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Sep 08, 2015 Lucsly rated it did not like it
From the blurb: "Instead, the people exist as an effect of successful claims to speak on their behalf; the power to speak in their name can be vindicated only retrospectively."

Once you've read this, you'll have read the book - except you'll be spared 250 pages of horribly written postmodernist nonsense in which this message is repeated ad nauseam.

Usually incomprehensible but interrupted by a very occasional interesting thought (chapters on Frederick Douglass and Republican-Democratic societies
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