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 or Redistribution?: Changing Perspectives on the Moral Order of Society

Recognition or Redistribution?: Changing Perspectives on the Moral Order of Society

Recognition or redistribution?: Changing perspectives on the moral order of society

ANYONE WHO has been following developments in political philosophy over the last few years could not have failed to notice the emergence of one of those processes in theorizing in which conceptual changes go hand in hand with changes in normative orientation. Well into the late 1980s, the dominance of Marxism in Europe, and the widespread influence of Rawls in the USA, ensured that there could be no doubt as to the guiding principle of a normative theory of the political order. Irrespective of differences in the detail, they were in agreement on the imperative to remove any form of social or economic inequality ...

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