Toward a Global 'Thin' Community re-examines aspects of the liberal-communitarian debate. While critical of both traditions, this book argues that a coherent form of communitarianism is the only plausible option for citizens today. Using the theories of Friedrich Nietzsche and Michel Foucault, Olssen shows how we can overcome traditional problems with communitarianism by using an ethic of survival that he identifies in the writings of Nietzsche and others to provide a rmative framework for twenty-first century politics at both national and global levels. Thin communitarianism seeks to surmount traditional objections associated with Hegel and Marx, and to safeguard liberty and difference by applying a robust idea of democracy.
Mark Olssen is Professor of Political Theory and Education Policy in the Department of Political, International, and Policy Studies at the University of Surrey. He is coauthor recently with John Codd and Anne Marie O'Neill of Education Policy: Globalization, Citizenship, Democracy (Sage, 2004); and editor with Michael Peters and Colin Lankshear of Futures of Critical Theory (Rowman and Littlefield, 2003).