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Open Access Dissertation
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Year Degree Awarded
Politics and Social Change | Sociology of Culture | Theory, Knowledge and Science
This dissertation brings the philosophical writings of Jacques Rancière to sociology through the examination of women’s suffrage in the US from the late 18th through mid 19th century. The issue of equality takes center stage here, as Rancière’s politics is based on the alteration of symbolic categories of equal and unequal. The result is a sociological theory of politics that claims disagreement, not consensus, must be at the base of any democratic politics that broadly seeks equality. Women’s limited suffrage in New Jersey from 1776-1807, and the build up and proclamation of equality at the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848 are the cases examined to show the necessity of disagreement for equality in democratic politics.
Connor, Brian T., "The Centrality of Disagreement" (2014). Doctoral Dissertations. 170.