Negotiating Diversity: Culture, Deliberation, Trust
January 2005, Polity
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.
Chapter 1 - Approaches to Cultural Identification.
Chapter 2 - Culture and Normativity.
Chapter 3 - The Limits of Liberal Culturalism.
Chapter 4 - The Way of the World: Two Forms of Negative Universalism.
Chapter 5 - Cultural Accommodation and Political Dialogue.
Chapter 6 - Deliberative Trust: Ethos, Identity and Institutions.
- Upper-level textbook which provides a clear and lucid overview of a growing area of contemporary political philosophy.
- Discusses the work of the key thinkers in the field from Kymlicka to Barry and Kukathas.
- Relates abstract concepts frequently used in philosophical debates to real world situations.
- Argues that the only solution to the reality of cultural diversity in modern states is an ongoing process of deliberative democracy.