Identities, Affiliations, and Allegiances

Identities, Affiliations, and Allegiances

by Seyla Benhabib
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521867193

ISBN-13: 9780521867191

Pub. Date: 08/13/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Where do political identities come from, how do they change over time, and what is their impact on political life? This book explores these and related questions in a globalizing world where the nation state is being transformed, definitions of citizenship are evolving in unprecedented ways, and people's interests and identities are taking on new local, regional,

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Where do political identities come from, how do they change over time, and what is their impact on political life? This book explores these and related questions in a globalizing world where the nation state is being transformed, definitions of citizenship are evolving in unprecedented ways, and people's interests and identities are taking on new local, regional, transnational, cosmopolitan, and even imperial configurations. Pre-eminent scholars examine the changing character of identities, affiliations, and allegiances in a variety of contexts: the evolving character of the European Union and its member countries, the Balkans and other new democracies of the post-1989 world, and debates about citizenship and cultural identity in the modern West. These essays are essential reading for anyone interested in the political and intellectual ferment that surrounds debates about political membership and attachment, and will be of interest to students and scholars in the social sciences, humanities, and law.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521867191
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/13/2007
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
434
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Seyla Benhabib, Ian Shapiro and Danilo Petranovich; Part I. Emergence and Limits of National Political Identities: 1. From affiliation to affinity: citizenship in the transition from empire to the nation-state Faruk Birtek; 2. Transnationalizing the public sphere: on the legitimacy and efficacy of public opinion in a postwestphalian world Nancy Fraser; 3. 'Being there': place, territory, and identity Charles Maier; 4. Political boundaries in a multilevel democracy Rainer Bauböck; Part II. Multiple Identities in Practice: The European Example: 5. Building European institutions: beyond strong ties and weak commitments Veit Bader; 6. Soft borders and transnational citizens Julie Mostov; 7. Transnational nationalism: redefining nation and territory Riva Kastoryano; Part III. Decoupling Citizenship from Identity: 8. Binding problems, boundary problems: the trouble with 'democratic citizenship' Clarissa Hayward; 9. Immigrant political integration and ethnic civic communities in Amsterdam Jean Tillie and Boris Slijper; 10. Nonterritorial boundaries of citizenship Melissa Williams, 11. Against birthright privilege: re-defining citizenship as property Ayelet Shachar; Part IV. Identity and Historical Injustice: 12. Social solidarity as a problem for cosmopolitan democracy Craig Calhoun; 13. The continuing significance of ethnocultural identity Jorge Valadez; 14. Amnesty or impunity? A preliminary critique of the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa Mahmood Mamdani; 15. Law's races Rogers Smith.

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