Authenticity, Autonomy and Multiculturalism - Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought (Hardback)Geoffrey Brahm Levey (editor)
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The concept of "authenticity" enters multicultural politics in three distinct but interrelated senses: as an ideal of individual and group identity that commands recognition by others; as a condition of individuals' autonomy that bestows legitimacy on their values, beliefs and preferences as being their own; and as a form of cultural pedigree that bestows legitimacy on particular beliefs and practices (commonly called "cultural authenticity"). In each case, the authenticity idea is called on to anchor or legitimate claims to some kind of public recognition. The considerable work asked of this concept raises a number of vital questions: Should "authenticity" be accorded the importance it holds in multicultural politics? Do its pitfalls outweigh its utility? Is the notion of "authenticity" avoidable in making sense of and evaluating cultural claims? Or does it, perhaps, need to be rethought or recalibrated?
Geoffrey Brahm Levey and his distinguished group of philosophers, political theorists, and anthropologists challenge conventional assumptions about "authenticity" that inform liberal responses to minority cultural claims in Western democracies today. Discussing a wide range of cases drawn from Britain and continental Europe, North America, Australia and the Middle East, they press beyond theories to consider also the practical and policy implications at stake. A helpful resource to scholars worldwide in Political and Social Theory, Political Philosophy, Legal Anthropology, Multiculturalism, and, more generally, of cultural identity and diversity in liberal democracies today.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 212
Weight: 514 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
"In this extraordinarily rich collection of essays, Levey and colleagues examine the complex relationships in political theory and public policy between autonomy and authenticity, on the one hand, and liberalism and cultural rights, on the other. Of particular importance are the critical reflections throughout the volume on the costs and pay-offs of ideas of authenticity in confronting real-world dilemmas."-John R. Bowen, Washington University in St. Louis
"This book is an important contribution to a topic that is of urgent significance. It brings together the leading authors on the topic who discuss the key theoretical and practical issues that are relevant in increasingly multicultural liberal democracies."-Maleiha Malik, King's College London, UK
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