Yuna Blajer de la Garza


Yuna Blajer de la Garza is a political theorist who studies inequalities in democracies. Her work focuses on the relationship between formal institutions and everyday discourses and practices, and her current book manuscript examines the relationship between citizenship and belonging in democratic communities. She is currently Assistant Professor of Political Science at Loyola University Chicago.


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Long Bridging Toward Democracy and Belonging
Our current era is defined by an "us vs. them" mindset due to politics deeply embedded in institutional polycrisis, political and social fragmentation, and suspicion of each other. These dynamics, nationally and globally, are leading us toward dehumanization of each other, which in turn is fueling violence, wars, and the erosion of democratic values. Building the “bigger we" will require new tools and infrastructures that will change our modes of being and working, from redefining our strategies and agendas to how we’re measuring our success. Suppose the path toward building the infrastructure...