In recent years the political landscape has changed: establishedideas about class, economy, nation and equality have beenchallenged by a new politics of identity, culture, ethnicity anddifference. The political theory of recognition is a response tothese challenges.
In this, the first introductory book on the subject, SimonThompson analyses the argument that a just society is one thatshows all its members due recognition. Focusing on the work onCharles Taylor, Axel Honneth and Nancy Fraser, he discusses howpolitical theorists have conceptualised recognition, the differentaccounts they have given and the criticisms made of the very ideaof a politics of recognition. Through the political theory ofrecognition, Thompson argues, we gain a better understanding ofidentity and difference. Practically, the concept of recognitioncan serve as a basis for determining which individual rights shouldbe protected, whether cultures ought to be valued, and whether acase can be made for group representation.
This clear and accessible book provides an excellent guidethrough the ongoing and increasingly significant debate betweenmulticulturalism and its critics.
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About the Author
Simon Thompson is a lecturer in politics at the University of the West of England, Bristol.
Table of Contents
1. 1 The Rise of Recognition.
1. 2 The Politics of Recognition.
1. 3 Three Theories of Recognition.
1. 4 A Plan of the Argument.
2 Recognition as Love.
2. 1 Introduction.
2. 2 Charles Taylor: The Dialogical Self.
2. 3 Axel Honneth: A Philosophical Anthropology.
2. 4 Nancy Fraser: The Discursive Subject.
2. 5 The Critique of Psychologization.
2. 6 Conclusions.
3 Recognition as Respect.
3. 1 Introduction.
3. 2 Charles Taylor: The Politics of Universalism.
3. 3 Axel Honneth: Legal Recognition.
3. 4 Nancy Fraser: Parity of Participation.
3. 5 A Critical Comparison.
3. 6 Conclusions.
4 Recognition as Esteem.
4. 1 Introduction.
4. 2 Charles Taylor: The Politics of Difference.
4. 3 Axel Honneth: The Principle of Achievement.
4. 4 Nancy Fraser: The Revaluation of Values.
4. 5 A Critical Comparison.
4. 6 Conclusions.
5 Recognition and Redistribution.
5. 1 Introduction.
5. 2 Nancy Fraser: Redistribution, Recognition andParticipation.
5. 3 Axel Honneth: Redistribution as Recognition.
5. 4 A Critical Comparison.
5. 5 Conclusions.
6 Recognition and Democracy.
6. 1 Introduction.
6. 2 Charles Taylor: Participatory Self-rule.
6. 3 Axel Honneth: Reflexive Cooperation.
6. 4 Nancy Fraser: Radical Democracy.
6. 5 A Critical Comparison.
6. 6 Conclusions.
7 Struggles for Recognition.
7. 1 Introduction.
7. 2 Axel Honneth: Struggles for Recognition.
7. 3 Criticisms of Honneth.
7. 4 Conclusions.