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 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

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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.

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'Negotiating Diversity is surely one of the best introductions onthe political theory of multiculturalism.'

JURA GENTIUM, Centro di filosofia del diritto internazionalee 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)

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