Liberals and Cannibals

The Implications of Diversity


Author: Steven Lukes

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9781859845950

Category: Philosophy

Page: 180

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Steven Lukes confronts liberal thought with its own limitations.

Negotiating Diversity

Culture, Deliberation, Trust


Author: Matthew Festenstein

Publisher: Polity

ISBN: 0745624065

Category: Philosophy

Page: 197

View: 5735

Debates about cultural diversity have become an important, controversial and inescapable features of the politics of modern democracies. Negotiating Diversity offers a lucid and accessible analysis of the political theory of multiculturalism. It is an ideal text for students looking for an overview of the state of play in this area. The book explores the ways the concept of culture has been used in political theory, and critically evaluates contemporary liberal responses to multiculturalism, including the work of key political philosophers such as Will Kymlicka, Brian Barry and Chandran Kukathas, drawing on a range of real-world examples to illustrate its arguments. It provides critique of the tendency to reify cultural identity in political thinking, particularly through an examination of contemporary liberalism. In its place, the author develops a deliberative alternative, which views the politics of cultural diversity as a fallible process of negotiation, argument and compromise. He confronts objections that this alternative itself offers an unrealistic or oppressive vision of politics, and explores the fragility of trust in the politics of multicultural societies.

American Exceptionalism and the Remains of Race

Multicultural Exorcisms


Author: Edmund Fong

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317642791

Category: Political Science

Page: 196

View: 1077

In contemporary American political culture, claims of American exceptionalism and anxieties over its prospects have resurged as an overarching theme in national political discourse. Yet never very far from such debates lie animating fears associated with race. Fears about the loss of national unity and trust often draw attention to looming changes in the racial demographics of the body politic. Lost amid these debates are often the more complex legacies of racial hybridity. Anxieties over the disintegration of the fabric of American national identity likewise forget not just how they echo past fears of subversive racial and cultural difference, but also exorcise as well the changing nature of work and social interaction. Edmund Fong’s book examines the rise and resurgence of contemporary forms of American exceptionalism as they have emerged out of contentious debates over cultural pluralism and multicultural diversity in the past two decades. For a brief time, serious considerations of the force of multiculturalism entered into a variety of philosophical and policy debates. But in the American context, these debates often led to a reaffirmation of some variant of American exceptionalism with the consequent exorcism of race within the avowed norms and policy goals of American politics. Fong explores how this "multicultural exorcism" revitalizing American exceptionalism is not simply a novel feature of our contemporary political moment, but is instead a recurrent dynamic across the history of American political discourse. By situating contemporary discourse on cultural pluralism within the larger frame of American history, this book yields insight into the production of hegemonic forms of American exceptionalism and how race continues to haunt the contours of American national identity.

Religion and the Political Imagination


Author: Ira Katznelson,Gareth Stedman Jones

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139493175

Category: Political Science

Page: N.A

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The theory of secularisation became a virtually unchallenged truth of twentieth-century social science. First sketched out by Enlightenment philosophers, then transformed into an irreversible global process by nineteenth-century thinkers, the theory was given substance by the precipitate drop in religious practice across Western Europe in the 1960s. However, the re-emergence of acute conflicts at the interface between religion and politics has confounded such assumptions. It is clear that these ideas must be rethought. Yet, as this distinguished, international team of scholars reveal, not everything contained in the idea of secularisation was false. Analyses of developments since 1500 reveal a wide spectrum of historical processes: partial secularisation in some spheres has been accompanied by sacralisation in others. Utilising new approaches derived from history, philosophy, politics and anthropology, the essays collected in Religion and the Political Imagination offer new ways of thinking about the urgency of religious issues in the contemporary world.

Political Neutrality

A Re-evaluation


Author: Roberto Merrill,Daniel Weinstock

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137319208

Category: Philosophy

Page: 224

View: 7057

The topic of neutrality on the good is linked rather closely to the ideal of political liberalism as formulated by John Rawls. Here internationally renowned authors, in several cases among the most prominent names to be found in contemporary political theory, present a collection of ten essays on the idea of liberal neutrality.

Theories of Multiculturalism

An Introduction


Author: George Crowder

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0745673627

Category: Philosophy

Page: 256

View: 4940

Multiculturalism is one of the most controversial ideas in contemporary politics. In this new book George Crowder examines some of the leading responses to multiculturalism, both supportive and critical, found in the work of recent political theorists. The book provides a clear and accessible introduction to a diverse array of thinkers who have engaged with multiculturalism. These include Will Kymlicka, whose account of cultural rights is seminal, liberal critics of multiculturalism such as Brian Barry and Susan Okin, and multiculturalist critics of liberalism including Charles Taylor, Iris Marion Young, James Tully, and Bhikhu Parekh. In addition the discussion covers a wide range of other perspectives on multiculturalism - libertarian, feminist, democratic, nationalist, cosmopolitan - and rival accounts of Islamic and Confucian political culture. While offering a balanced assessment of these theories, Crowder also argues the case for a distinctive liberal-pluralist approach to multiculturalism, combining a liberal framework that emphasises the importance of personal autonomy with the value pluralism of thinkers such as Isaiah Berlin. This clear and comprehensive account will be an indispensable textbook for students in politics, sociology and political and social theory.

Liberal Lion

Jo Grimond, A Political Life


Author: Peter Barberis

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 0857714368

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 1514

Jo Grimond, leader of the Liberal Party from 1956 - 1967, was a key player in British politics for over four decades. On his death in 1993, Paddy Ashdown paid tribute to Grimond as a “lion of the liberal cause”. His numerous writings and his ten-year leadership of the Liberal party established him as one of the most influential figures in its history. A man of vision, Grimond was the party’s most fertile ideas man since Lloyd George. He was published widely and as well as being a compelling platform speaker he became a master of the new television medium. He led the way on policies such as Britain’s role in Europe and on devolution and his efforts inspired the Liberal/SDP alliance from which the Liberal Democrat party was born. But in later years some of his critics saw him as proclaiming common cause with New Right conservatism. Peter Barberis has produced a unique critical biography of this enigmatic figure based upon a careful examination of speeches, writings and archive material. He explores Grimond’s ideas, politics and family environment to shed light on his life and the apparent contradictions in his thought. The book offers the reader valuable insights into the changing character of British politics and society from the Second World War to the age of Thatcherism.

Living with Animals

Ojibwe Spirit Powers


Author: Michael Pomedli

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442667052

Category: Social Science

Page: 384

View: 5818

Within nineteenth-century Ojibwe/Chippewa medicine societies, and in communities at large, animals are realities and symbols that demonstrate cultural principles of North American Ojibwe nations. Living with Animals presents over 100 images from oral and written sources – including birch bark scrolls, rock art, stories, games, and dreams – in which animals appear as kindred beings, spirit powers, healers, and protectors. Michael Pomedli shows that the principles at play in these sources are not merely evidence of cultural values, but also unique standards brought to treaty signings by Ojibwe leaders. In addition, these principles are norms against which North American treaty interpretations should be reframed. The author provides an important foundation for ongoing treaty negotiations, and for what contemporary Ojibwe cultural figures corroborate as ways of leading a good, integrated life.

The Politics of Multiple Belonging

Ethnicity and Nationalism in Europe and East Asia


Author: Flemming Christiansen,Ulf Hedetoft

Publisher: Ashgate Pub Limited

ISBN: 9780754641285

Category: Social Science

Page: 282

View: 832

This international collection examines how ethnic identity and belonging are created and used politically in Europe and East Asia. The contributors respond to debates about whether and how regional, supranational, transnational, and multicultural identities may compromise nation states, and how nation states deal with such centrifugal forces. The issues are discussed from various perspectives: diasporic communities; the State and its role in inventing and influencing national belonging; and societies and communities with a strongly engineered multicultural structure. Two central theoretical chapters examine the current debates on 'belonging' and 'multiculturalism', bringing together this complex field and developing new perspectives. In particular, the volume improves our understanding of how people 'belong' in different contexts; by examining how they give shape to 'belonging' it is possible to understand how these diverse trends cohere within nation states and across continents.

The Antioch Review


Author: John Donald Kingsley

Publisher: N.A


Category: Democracy

Page: N.A

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Author: John K. Roth

Publisher: Salem Pr Inc


Category: Philosophy

Page: 590

View: 8560

Applied ethics is the main focus of this revised edition, with a particular emphasis on current ethics issues. Includes religious issues, business and labor ethics, political and economic issues, personal and social ethics issues, and bioethics.

MultiCultural Review

Dedicated to a Better Understanding of Ethnic, Racial, and Religious Diversity


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Cultural pluralism

Page: N.A

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Unfinished Dialogue


Author: Isaiah Berlin,Beata Polanowska-Sygulska

Publisher: N.A


Category: Philosophy

Page: 317

View: 5773

"This volume sheds considerable light on Berlin's thinking and clarifies some of the central themes of his philosophy. After an introductory memoir, the book is divided into four sections. The first is a selection from the correspondence conducted between Berlin and Polanowska-Sygulska from 1983 to 1997. These letters are published here in their entirety for the first time. The second section comprises two interviews Berlin gave in 1991 for Polish periodicals. Next come edited transcripts of a number of conversations recorded between 1986 and 1995. In one of these, Berlin tellingly recalls his childhood and youth. In other exchanges, he is pressed to be more concise about some of his most contested views, particularly his concepts of liberty and value pluralism, and to respond to criticism of these ideas by a wide range of authors.

Was können wir wissen, was sollen wir tun?

zwölf philosophische Antworten


Author: Herbert Schnädelbach,Heiner Hastedt,Geert Keil

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783499557040

Category: Philosophy

Page: 250

View: 9399

Philosophie beschäftigt sich mit den ewigen Menschheitsfragen. Doch ganz so ewig fallen die “zwölf philosophischen Antworten” auf die Kernfragen “Was können wir wissen?” und “Was sollen wir tun?” nicht aus. Vielmehr greifen die Autoren pointiert und allgemeinverständlich aktuelle Gegenwartskontroversen auf. Sie erheben dabei den Anspruch, philosophisch argumentativ sowohl dem Zeitgeistrelativismus als auch der Dominanz empirischer Wissenschaften zu entgehen.

Diasporic Ruptures

Globality, Migrancy, and Expressions of Identity;


Author: A. Asgharzadeh,E. Lawson,K. Oka

Publisher: Sense Pub

ISBN: 9789087900502

Category: Education

Page: 232

View: 8189

Diasporic Ruptures: Globality, Migrancy, and Expressions of Identity lies at the intersections of various processes emerging from globalization: border-crossings, transnationalism, identity formations. Carefully selected and placed in two volumes, the essays here represent works of both well-seasoned scholars as well as emerging writers, academics and intellectuals. The volumes critically examine various manifestations of the trend now commonly known as globalization--manifestations that many diasporic communities, immigrants, and people from all walks of life experience. They also illuminate recent political, social, economic and technological developments that are taking place in a rapidly changing world. Volume One offers sophisticated insights into the nature of contemporary formations of diasporic life, internationalism, and hybrid identities. The volume asks bold questions around what it means to live in constantly shifting boundaries of nationality, identity, and citizenship. The type of methodological, discursive and experiential awareness promoted by this work helps us understand how millions of people face the challenge of living in a globalizing world; it also fosters a consciousness of how globalization itself functions differently in different environments. Volume Two addresses additional and more nuanced questions around culture, race, sexuality, migration, displacement and resistance. It also explores certain epistemological and methodological fallacies regarding conventional articulations of nation-state, nationalism, and the local/global nexus. The volume seeks to answer questions such as: What are the meanings and connotations of 'displacement' in a rapidly globalizing world? What are some dilemmas and challenges around notions of cultural hybridity, linguistic diversity, and a sense of belonging? What is the meaning of home in diaspora and the meaning of diaspora at home? Together, the volumes raise many topics that will be of immense interest to scholars across disciplines and general readers. While celebrating the increasing acknowledgment of difference and diversity in recent times, this work reminds us of the ongoing ramifications of dominant structures of inequality, relations of power, and issues of inclusion and exclusion. This work offers different ways of thinking, writing and talking about globalization and the processes that emerge from it.



Author: Steven Lukes

Publisher: ECPR Press

ISBN: 0954796667

Category: Social Science

Page: 148

View: 3132

Individualism embraces a wide diversity of meanings and is widely used by those who criticise and by those who praise Western societies and their culture, by historians and literary scholars in search of the emergence of 'the individual', by anthropologists claiming that there are different, culturally shaped conceptions of the individual or 'person', by philosophers debating what form social science explanations should take and by political theorists defending liberal principles. In this classic text, Steven Lukes discusses what 'individualism' has meant in various national traditions and across different provinces of thought, analysing it into its component unit-ideas and doctrines. He further argues that it now plays a malign ideological role, for it has come to evoke a socially-constructed body of ideas whose illusory unity is deployed to suggest that redistributive policies are neither feasible nor desirable and to deny that there are institutional alternatives to the market.

Textos de antropología contemporánea



Publisher: Editorial UNED

ISBN: 8436262301

Category: Social Science

Page: 413

View: 830

Esta compilación busca proporcionar al estudiante elementos de crítica reflexiva en relación con el canon heredado en antropología, mostrando algunas áreas que se han desarrollado en las últimas décadas en estrecha relación con otras disciplinas. Abordan asuntos como el relativismo cultural, la importancia de la diferencia y su representación en el lenguaje, las gramáticas identitarias, los sistemas etnocientíficos de clasificación, los relatos de movilidad global, el papel de la música en la vida cotidiana, las transformaciones urbanas y ciudadanas, el análisis del poder y la autoridad, las diferencias e inequidades de género, las relaciones entre cultura y desarrollo, la aplicación del conocimiento etnográfico a los sistemas de salud.