The Politics of Belonging

The Politics of Belonging : Nationalism, Liberalism, and Pluralism

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The resurgence of nationalism in the nineties has lead to the development of a growing body of literature on the many dimensions of this modern phenomena. Nationalism has drawn a new kind of scholarly attention: first in the social sciences, and then in moral and political philosophy. It is unfortunate, however, that most of the stimulating debates around the subject have been limited by individual disciplinary boundaries. The Politics of Belonging: Nationalism, Liberalism, and Pluralism represents the opening of a dialogue between the social sciences, the moral, and political philosophers. It also bridges the North Atlantic, opening a discussion between Europeans and North Americans who study nationalism. Authors in this volume deal with two main questions: the linkage between political liberalism and nationalism and the challenge of pluralism. Alain Dieckhoff has brought together an impressive group of contributors who, together, carry out an incisive investigation into these debates which are decisive for fostering democracy in modern nation states. This volume is an an indispensable resource for anyone dealing with questions of identity, ethnicity, and nationalism.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 302 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.1 x 25.4mm | 453.6g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739108263
  • 9780739108260
  • 1,859,805

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: New Perspectives on Nationalism Part 2 Philosophical Basis Chapter 3 The Odd and the Even: Nationhood and Democracy Chapter 4 From Nation-Building to National Engineering: On the Ethics of Shaping Identities Chapter 4 The Postnational Constellation and the Future of the Liberal State Part 5 Political Unity and National Identity Chapter 6 States and National Cultures: In the Beginning . . . . Chapter 8 Between Universalism and Multiculturalism: The French Model in Contemporary Political Theory Chapter 8 The Problem of Civic Education in Multicultural Societies Part 9 Acknowledging Diversity Chapter 10 Justice and Security in the Accommodation of Minority Nationalism Chapter 11 National Minorities without Nationalism Part 12 Models of Diversity Chapter 14 The Management of Cultural Diversity in France Chapter 15 Territorial or Cultural Autonomy for National Minorities? Chapter 16 The Principle of Personal Autonomy: A Solution for the Future?
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Review quote

The essays in this collection are all thoughtful and closely argued, and the collection as a whole is a very worthwhile discussion of the problem of how to maintain national identity in divided societies. -- John Schwarzmantel, The University of Leeds * Nations and Nationalism, Vol. 11 Part 3, July 2005 *
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About Alain Dieckhoff

Alain Dieckhoff is Director of Research at Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Internationales/CNRS.
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