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Negotiating Diversity: Liberalism, Democracy and Cultural Difference

Negotiating Diversity: Liberalism, Democracy and Cultural Difference

by Matthew Festenstein, Schott Gareth
     
 

Debates about cultural diversity have become an important, controversial and inescapable feature 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

Overview

Debates about cultural diversity have become an important, controversial and inescapable feature 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 work of key political philosophers such as Kymlicka, Barry and Kukathas, and draws on a range of real-world examples to illustrate its arguments. It provides a 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 presupposes a homogenous political community, and that it offers an unrealistic or oppressive vision of politics.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'Negotiating Diversity is surely one of the best introductions on the political theory of multiculturalism.'

JURA GENTIUM, Centro di filosofia del diritto internazionale e della politica globale

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745624068
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/28/2007
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Festenstein is Reader in Politics at the University of Sheffield.

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