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.

Towards a Citizens' Welfare State: The 3 + 2 ‘R's of Welfare Reform

Towards a Citizens' Welfare State: The 3 + 2 ‘R's of Welfare Reform

Towards a citizens' welfare state: The 3 + 2 ‘r's of welfare reform

THE LANGUAGE of ‘recognition’ and ‘difference’ is not, by and large, that in which mainstream debates about ‘welfare’ (aka social security) reform are couched, despite its relevance to welfare reform. Instead, in many Western societies the welfare agenda has become dominated by a false dichotomy between ‘active’ and ‘passive’ forms of welfare. Active (read positive) welfare is geared towards enhancing the employability of the work-less and moving them from ‘welfare to work’. Passive (read negative) welfare is about consigning the workless to a life of ‘welfare dependency’ in the name of better benefits.

The UK Welfare Reform Green Paper, published during ...

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