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 the Politics of Human(e) Desire

Recognition and the Politics of Human(e) Desire

Recognition and the politics of human(e) desire

THIS IS an article dealing with the ‘politics of recognition’. By this I refer not only to ‘recognition’ as a form, axis, structure or subvention for political life, but also to the different ‘political’ renditions of ‘recognition’ which (for and against, implicitly or explicitly) figure the contemporary theoretical landscape. My main concern will be with those positions associated with ‘post-structuralist’ cultural criticism, ‘postmodernism’ and ‘deconstructive’ ethics, which reject the Hegelian model of intersubjectivity as necessarily complicit with a logic of violent appropriation. Recognition is taken as the instantiation of an economy of power which produces objectified and subjugated subjects (subjection), and/or as the sine qua non of an ontology which reduces alterity, ...

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