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The Politics of Recognition: A Social Psychological Perspective

Pamela Johnston Conover

in The Political Psychology of Democratic Citizenship

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780195335453
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199893904 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335453.003.0008
The Politics of Recognition: A Social Psychological Perspective

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Political theory has been engaged in an ongoing debate about the role of recognition in liberal democracies. Recognition demands, among other things, respect for all social groups and their fundamental way of life. A failure to fulfill this demand can lead to discrimination and prejudice, and ultimately impedes effective democratic citizenship. This chapter argues that these claims are ultimately psychological in nature, and that psychological science provides evidence to support a politics of recognition. Specifically, psychological research suggests that misrecognition impedes democratic citizenship, and that meeting the demands of recognition can actually enhance the dynamics of democratic deliberation.

Keywords: politics of recognition; social identity; social categorization; identity politics; discrimination

Chapter.  12336 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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