Chapter 7: New Forms of Political Community
New Forms of Political Community
Community and Identity
If the argument of the previous chapter is correct, the claims of identity have seriously challenged the appeal and power of ideologies in general in the contemporary world. Part of the crisis of ideologies under investigation here is due to the greater emphasis on identity which fragments the broad ideologies of politics central to the era of modernity and the political and social movements based on those ideologies. The questions were posed of whether political movements based on identities of various kinds (gender, religion, culture) could be called ‘ideological’, and of what the relationship of these new movements is to ‘traditional’ political ideologies. The former question remains open, since there are further candidates for ...