Communicative democracy and solidarity across racial and sexual differences

José Medina*

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Building on Iris Marion Young's account of communicative democracy, this chapter explores how to foster relations of solidarity for the formation of heterogeneous publics and of a pluralistic democratic culture. Drawing lessons from feminist and queer activism, the essay elucidates how multiple publics can be mobilised to join struggles for justice, arguing for Young's social connection model of responsibility. The essay proposes the notion of chained action as a way of understanding shared (rather than merely collective) responsibility and community action in the struggle towards justice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRevisiting Iris Marion Young on Normalisation, Inclusion and Democracy
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781137440976
ISBN (Print)9781137440969
StatePublished - Nov 7 2014


  • Communicative democracy
  • Feminist and queer theory
  • Justice
  • Responsibility
  • Solidarity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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