This groundbreaking study sets out to clarify one of the most influential but least studied of all political concepts. Despite continual talk of popular sovereignty, the idea of the people has been neglected by political theorists who have been deterred by its vagueness. Margaret Canovan argues that it deserves serious analysis, and that it´s many ambiguities point to unresolved political issues.The book begins by charting the conflicting meanings of the people, especially in Anglo-American usage, and traces the concept´s development from the ancient populus Romanus to the present day.The book´s main purpose is, however, to analyse the political issues signalled by the people´s ambiguities. In the remaining chapters, Margaret Canovan considers their theoretical and practical aspects:1. Where are the people´s boundaries? Is people equivalent to nation, and how is it related to humanity - people in general?2. Populists aim to give power back to the people; how is populism related to democracy?3. How can the sovereign people be an immortal collective body, but at the same time be us as individuals? Can we ever see that sovereign people in action?4. Political myths surround the figure of the people and help to explain its influence; should the people itself be regarded as fictional?This original and accessible study sheds a fresh light on debates about popular sovereignty, and will be an important resource for students and scholars of political theory.
Named a BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, VOGUE, TIME MAGAZINE, NPR and THE ROOT Named A 2017 BEST SUMMER READ BY Vogue - Elle - Harper´s Bazaar - Glamour - Buzzfeed - In Style - Men´s Journal - Bustle - Ms. Magazine - Pop Sugar - Newsday - The Millions - Time Out - Bitch - CNN´s The Lead - The Fader ´´[A] cutting take on race and class...part dark comedy, part surreal morality tale. Disturbing and delicious.´´ -People ´´You´ll gulp Senna´s novel in a single sitting-but then mull over it for days.´´ -Entertainment Weekly ´´Everyone should read it.´´ -Vogue From the bestselling author of Caucasia, a subversive and engrossing novel of race, class and manners in contemporary America. As the twentieth century draws to a close, Maria is at the start of a life she never thought possible. She and Khalil, her college sweetheart, are planning their wedding. They are the perfect couple, ´´King and Queen of the Racially Nebulous Prom.´´ Their skin is the same shade of beige. They live together in a black bohemian enclave in Brooklyn, where Khalil is riding the wave of the first dot-com boom and Maria is plugging away at her dissertation, on the Jonestown massacre. They´ve even landed a starring role in a documentary about ´´new people´´ like them, who are blurring the old boundaries as a brave new era dawns. Everything Maria knows she should want lies before her--yet she can´t stop daydreaming about another man, a poet she barely knows. As fantasy escalates to fixation, it dredges up secrets from the past and threatens to unravel not only Maria´s perfect new life but her very persona. Heartbreaking and darkly comic, New People is a bold and unfettered page-turner that challenges our every assumption about how we define one another, and ourselves.
´´Mean Girls meets Donna Tartt´s The Secret History with a little bit of Riverdale mixed in. So yeah, it´s epic.´´--HelloGiggles ´´In People Like Us, Dana Mele delivers the Gossip Girl meets Pretty Little Liars young adult novel you´ve been waiting for.´´--Bustle Kay Donovan may have skeletons in her closet, but the past is past, and she´s reinvented herself entirely. Now she´s a star soccer player whose group of gorgeous friends run their private school with effortless popularity and acerbic wit. But when a girl´s body is found in the lake, Kay´s carefully constructed life begins to topple. The dead girl has left Kay a computer-coded scavenger hunt, which, as it unravels, begins to implicate suspect after suspect, until Kay herself is in the crosshairs of a murder investigation. But if Kay´s finally backed into a corner, she´ll do what it takes to survive. Because at Bates Academy, the truth is something you make...not something that happened. Debut author Dana Mele has written a taut, sophisticated suspense novel that will keep readers guessing until the very end.