The Politics of Identity

Paul Gilbert

in Cultural Identity and Political Ethics

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780748623877
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671991 | DOI:
The Politics of Identity

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This introductory chapter examines the politics of cultural identity groups, that is, groups of people sharing a common culture which is taken to confer on them a collective identity that deserves political recognition, for example a national identity. The chapter summarises the theoretical support for such recognition claims that has recently been provided by communitarians like Charles Taylor and liberals like Will Kymlicka, and shows how others have opposed this politics of identity. It indicates how the present book will join this opposition.

Keywords: Cultural identity; Communitarians; Kymlicka; Liberals; National identity; Recognition; Taylor

Chapter.  4773 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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