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Liberalism in search of vision: responding to the lost connection between lifestyle and policy with Christians on the Left as a case study

Stacey, Timothy. 2017. Liberalism in search of vision: responding to the lost connection between lifestyle and policy with Christians on the Left as a case study. Radical Orthodoxy: Theology, Philosophy, Politics, 3(2), pp. 50-77. [Article]

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According to post-liberal political theory, liberalism has undermined shared ideas of the good by valorising choice as the only good. The result is that there is no shared vision by which to challenge forces of instrumentalisation. Yet post-liberal theory tends to ground its critique in liberal theory, without sufficiently anchoring arguments in what Jeffrey Alexander has called ‘proximate actors and agencies’; that is, in this case, political institutions and processes. In order to do this, the paper offers a slightly alternative genealogy of liberal political theory to that ordinarily provided by post-liberals. It focuses on political hypocrisy: the notion that there is one rule for the people and another for rulers. It then critically anchors this genealogy in UK political institutions and processes, which it demonstrates tend to undermine a connection between policy and lifestyle. Finally, the paper ethnographically explores a possible response offered by one organisation in the UK: Christians on the Left.

Item Type: Article

Keywords:

Post-liberalism, Radical Orthodoxy, Liberalism, Christian Socialism, Politics

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Anthropology > GARP - Goldsmiths Anthropology Research Papers
Art
Art > Curating Architecture
Art > Research Student Output
Art > Research student output
Art > Staff output

Dates:

DateEvent
17 August 2016Accepted
1 June 2017Published

Item ID:

18826

Date Deposited:

18 Aug 2016 09:54

Last Modified:

18 Jan 2018 14:31

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/18826

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