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Brian Duff


Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Place: Procrastinator Theater
Time: 3 p.m.

Title: The Parent as Citizen: A Democratic Dilemma

Sponsoring department: Political Science


Duff believes that when leaders and citizens in the U.S. articulate their core political beliefs, they often do so in terms of parenthood and family. But while the motives might be admirable, the results of such thinking are often corrosive to our democratic goals. Duff will discuss how efforts to make the experience of parenthood inform citizenship contributes to the most persistent problems in modern democracy and democratic theory. Duff argues that influential theories of democratic citizenship rely on the metaphor of parenthood to help individuals rise to the challenges of politics, and demonstrates that this reliance has unintended consequences.

About the speaker:

Brian Duff received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. He is the author of The Parent as Citizen, (The University of Minnesota Press). He has also published research on feminist theory, voting, and the politics of race and ethnicity.