Are there any cultural universals left? Does multiculturalism inevitably involve a slide into moral relativism? This timely and insightful book examines questions of politics and identity in the age of multicultures. It draws together the contribution of outstanding contributors such as Fraser, Honneth, O'Neill, Bauman, Lister, Gilroy and De Swann to explore how difference and multiculturalism take on the arguments of universalist humanism. The approach taken derives from the traditions of cultural sociology and cultural studies rather than political science and philosophy. The book takes seriously the argument that the social bond and recognition are in danger through globalization and deterritorialization. It is a major contribution to the emerging debate on the form of post-national forms of civil society.

Recognition and Difference: Politics, Identity, Multiculture

Recognition and Difference: Politics, Identity, Multiculture

Recognition and difference: Politics, identity, multiculture
ScottLash and MikeFeatherstone


THIS VOLUME in some respects has its origins in Charles Taylor's Multiculturalism and ‘The Politics of Recognition’, published by Princeton University Press in 1992. The context of that book was Taylor's lecture inaugurating the founding of Princeton University's Center for Human Values in 1990. Laurance S. Rockefeller has largely funded the Princeton Center. Indeed, Steven C. Rockefeller was a contributor to the volume. Center Director Amy Gutmann was editor of the book and its second, 1994 edition. The context was largely that of the challenge of multiculturalism to the presumed universalism of human values. More precisely, the theme of the book was how can we re-think human values in the context of ...

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