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.

Oh, My others, There is No other!: Civic Recognition and Hegelian other-Wiseness

Oh, My others, There is No other!: Civic Recognition and Hegelian other-Wiseness

Oh, my others, there is no other!: Civic recognition and hegelian other-wiseness

THERE ARE signs that our current political discourse has settled into a stalemate between what Lash nicely calls the two idioms of community and difference. Identity politics (race, sexuality, multiculturalism) now represents the main thrust in the politics of recognition. Yet I will argue there is a danger that cultural politics so strains towards the idiom of absolute otherness and non-identity as to lose what I call the civic idiom of inter-subjectivity and community. If this happens, the baby thrown out with the bathwater will be the unfinished project of a civic welfare state (O'Neill, 1994). Because I am concerned with the ...

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