Multiculturalism and the politics of recognition
Multiculturalism is now generally regarded as the only model for a fair society. The idea of a universal culture is considered outdated and even racist. Instead, we are asked to grant equal esteem to every culture, while recognising the unique qualities of each.
This demand for recognition is not confined to ethnicity. Sufferers from undiagnosed symptoms demand medical recognition; gay people demand official recognition for same-sex partnerships; individuals litigate to have grievances endorsed by officialdom; and ethnic groups claim privileged access to historic and artistic artefacts. This one-day conference will explore whether all this is good for social harmony and individual selfrealisation, or simply indulgent and fragmentary.
Can multiculturalism work?
Diversity: celebrating difference or making a virtue of inequality?
Please recognise my identity: accounting for the contemporary concern with recognition
Claim-making and recognition: cases in point
IoI Briefing: Multiculturalism in Anthropology
Frank Furedi ‘The Institutionalisation of recognition - evading the moral stalemate’ (pdf), a paper given at Cardiff University in April 2002