Creating Citizens in the Global Age
202 pages, 6.00 x 9.00
Paperback | 9780268105785 | September 2019
Hardcover | 9780268105778 | September 2019
eBook (PDF) | 9780268105808 | September 2019
eBook (EPUB) | 9780268105792 | September 2019
In this first volume in the Contending Modernities series, Inclusive Populism: Creating Citizens in the Global Age, Angus Ritchie claims that our current political upheavals, exemplified by the far-right populism of billionaire Donald Trump, reveal fundamental flaws in secular liberalism. Ritchie maintains that both liberalism and this “fake populism” resign citizens to an essentially passive role in public life.
Ritchie argues instead for an “inclusive populism,” in which religious and nonreligious identities and institutions are fully represented in the public square, engaging the diverse communities brought together by global migration to build and lead a common life. Drawing on twenty years of experience in action and reflection in East London, Ritchie posits that the practice of community organizing exemplifies a truly inclusive populism, and that it is also reflected in the teaching of Pope Francis.
Speaking to our political crisis and mapping out a way forward, Inclusive Populism will appeal to thoughtful readers and active citizens interested in politics, community organizing, and religion.
Angus Ritchie heads the Centre for Theology and Community in London. He is a Church of England priest and the author of From Morality to Metaphysics: The Theistic Implications of Our Ethical Commitments .
"[W]e live in an increasingly polarized political climate. The rise in the strength of ‘populism’ is often talked about in relation to this, and there’s no shortage of academic analysis about what that might mean for us. . . . but there aren’t many books like this one: Angus Ritchie’s Inclusive Populism: Creating Citizens in the Global Age both discusses the issues and presents an alternative possibility." ~Process North
“This is an important contribution about our current crisis and the part institutionally based organizing can play in addressing it. It should be read by journalists, academics, and citizens who are concerned about the vitality of our democratic institutions. Angus Ritchie is certainly an important reflective practitioner. I hope his work contributes to a robust and sustained conversation.” ~Ernesto Cortes, Jr., co-director of the Industrial Areas Foundation
“The book is well written and a good read. Angus Ritchie asks salient questions and keeps the attention of the reader with the many examples he uses and the clear statements he makes. Inclusive Populism demonstrates Ritchie’s high intellectual and analytical skills, a wealth of experience with community organizing, and an excellent sense of the East London context.” ~Clemens Sedmak, professor of social ethics, Keough School of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame
"Angus Ritchie’s book stands at the cutting edge of political theology and at the crossroads of public life in both the United States and Europe. His compelling critiques of secularizing liberalism and 'fake populism' is supplemented by a powerful argument for an 'inclusive populism' that builds democratic consensus from the ground up. Drawing upon his own long experience in community organizing in inner-city London, Ritchie vividly demonstrates that religious diversity can invigorate and stabilize liberal democracies." ~Cathleen Kaveny, Darald and Juliet Libby Professor of Law and Theology, Boston College
"Ritchie presents us with an admirably detailed, honest, and self-critical study of a grounded, concrete, and realistic movement whose successes and failures have much to teach us." ~Church Times