Chapter

The Cultural Construction of Society

Chandran Kukathas

in The Liberal Archipelago

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780199257546
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599705 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019925754X.003.0007

Series: Oxford Political Theory

 The Cultural Construction of Society

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This chapter argues that the purpose of the state is not to promote or foster liberal equality nor serve as the cultural architect or guardian of society. Its role is to serve as an umpire who attends to questions that arise in a society. It examines the idea that the state should pursue equality, and the view that ‘benign neglect’ is an implausible idea, embarrassed by the fact that the state cannot help but shape society.

Keywords: state; equality; benign neglect

Chapter.  21893 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Political Theory

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