Democratic Deliberation with Sheron Fraser-Burgess


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Deliberative democracy is a school of political thought in which conversation takes on a central role. It’s different from representative democracy, which involves voting and polling, because it focuses on discussion and understanding to move forward on issues. Sheron Fraser-Burgess, professor of social foundations and multicultural education at Ball State University, explains that educators can take principles from deliberative democracy and apply them to a classroom setting. In her work, she advocates for democratic deliberation, which is a means of teaching students not only how to work through cultural differences, but also how to be better citizens in a democracy.

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Links to people and ideas mentioned in the show

  1. Sheron Fraser-Burgess
  2. Deliberative democracy
  3. John Dewey
  4. Amy Guttman
  5. Danielle Allen, Talking to Strangers
  6. Hannah Arendt and desegregation
  7. Womanism
  8. Ideal and non-ideal theory in political philosophy


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Coulis Coulis by Blue Dot Sessions

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