On Toleration

On Toleration

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by Michael Walzer
     
 

Michael Walzer examines five "regimes of toleration" - from multinational empires to immigrant societies - and describes the strengths and weaknesses of each regime, as well as the varying forms of toleration and exclusion each fosters. Walzer shows how power, class, and gender interact with religion, race, and ethnicity in the different regimes and discusses how… See more details below

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Michael Walzer examines five "regimes of toleration" - from multinational empires to immigrant societies - and describes the strengths and weaknesses of each regime, as well as the varying forms of toleration and exclusion each fosters. Walzer shows how power, class, and gender interact with religion, race, and ethnicity in the different regimes and discusses how toleration works - and how it should work - in multicultural societies like the United States. Walzer offers an eloquent defense of toleration, group differences, and pluralism, moving quickly from theory to practical issues, concrete examples, and hard questions. His concluding argument is focused on the contemporary United States and represents an effort to join and advance the debates about "culture war," the "politics of difference," and the "disuniting of America." Although he takes a grim view of contemporary politics, he is optimistic about the possibility of coexistence: cultural pluralism and a common citizenship can go together, he suggests, in a strong and egalitarian democracy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300076004
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
04/28/1999
Series:
Castle Lectures Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.19(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: How to Write About Toleration1
Ch. 1Personal Attitudes and Political Arrangements8
Ch. 2Five Regimes of Toleration14
Multinational Empires14
International Society19
Consociations22
Nation-States24
Immigrant Societies30
Summary35
Ch. 3Complicated Cases37
France37
Israel40
Canada44
The European Community48
Ch. 4Practical Issues52
Power52
Class56
Gender60
Religion66
Education71
Civil Religion76
Tolerating the Intolerant80
Ch. 5Modern and Postmodern Toleration83
The Modern Projects83
Postmodernity?87
Epilogue: Reflections on American Multiculturalism93
Notes113
Acknowledgments121
Index123

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