The Politics of Presence Revisited

Anne Phillips, Hans Asenbaum

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Almost three decades after its first publication, Anne Phillips reflects on the Politics of Presence in the context of contemporary developments from #MeToo to Black Lives Matter. Granting the importance of a contingent and intersectional understanding of presence, she reemphasizes the necessity of descriptive representation. Phillips reflects on questions of anonymity, essentialism, the multiple self, unconditional equality, and the current role of feminist research in democratic theory. She also opens perspectives toward mending the divide between a politics of recognition and a politics of distribution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80-89
Number of pages10
JournalDemocratic Theory
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2023


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