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Debates about cultural diversity have become an important, controversial and inescapable feature of the politics of modern democracies. "Negotiating Diversity" offers a lucid and accessible analysis of the political theory of multiculturalism. It is an ideal text for students looking for an overview of the state of play in this area. The book explores the work of key political philosophers such as Kymlicka, Barry and Kukathas, and draws on a range of real-world examples to illustrate its arguments. It provides a critique of the tendency to reify cultural identity in political thinking, particularly through an examination of contemporary liberalism. In its place, the author develops a deliberative alternative, which views the politics of cultural diversity as a fallible process of negotiation, argument and compromise. He confronts objections that this alternative itself presupposes a homogenous political community, and that it offers an unrealistic or oppressive vision of politics.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780745624051
ISBN-10: 0745624057
Format: Hardback
(237mm x 161mm x 21mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 24-Nov-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Matthew Festenstein

Matthew Festenstein is Reader in Politics at the University of Sheffield.

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