Multiculturalism and Identity Politics


  • Are identities important in politics?
  • Do we live in a ‘post-multicultural’ (and perhaps even post-identity) era?

Key Reading:

Fukuyama, F. (2006). ‘Identity, Immigration and Liberal Democracy’, Journal of Democracy 17(2).

Kymlicka, W. (2002). ‘Multiculturalism and Minority Rights: West and East’, Journal of Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe, 3(4).

Kymlicka, W. (2010). ‘The Rise and Fall of Multiculturalism? New Debates on Inclusion and Accommodation in Diverse Societies.’ International Social Science Journal, 61.

Further Reading:

Benhabib, S. (2002). The Claims of Culture: E     quality and Diversity in the Global Era. Princeton University Press.

Barry, B. (2000). Culture and Equality: An Egalitarian Critique of Multiculturalism. Polity.

Crowder, G. (2013). Theories of Multiculturalism. An Introduction. Polity.

Fish, S. (1997). ‘Boutique Multiculturalism, Or Why Liberals Are Incapable of Thinking about Hate Speech’, Critical Inquiry 23(2).

Goodin, R. (2006). ‘Liberal Multiculturalism: Protective and Polyglot’, Political Theory 34(3):289-305.

Gutmann, A. (ed.) (1994). Multiculturalism: Examining the Politics of Recognition. Princeton University Press.

Hedetoft, U. & Hjort, M. (eds) (2002). The Postnational Self: Belonging and Identity. University of Minnesota Press.

Honig, B. (2001). Democracy and the Foreigner. Princeton University Press.

Kymlicka, W. (1995). Multicultural Citizenship: A Liberal Theory of Minority Rights. Oxford University Press.

McNevin, A. (2006). ‘Political Belonging in a Neoliberal Era: The Struggle of the Sans Papiers’, Citizenship Studies 10(2):135-151.

Modood, T. (2001). ‘Their Liberalism and Our Multiculturalism?’, The British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 3(2).

Parekh, B. (2005). Rethinking Multiculturalism: Cultural Diversity and Political Theory. Palgrave.

Phillips, A. (2007). Multiculturalism Without Culture. Princeton University Press.

Spinner, J. (1994). The Boundaries of Citizenship: Race, Ethnicity and Nationality in the Liberal State. John Hopkins University Press.     

Taylor, C. (1989). Sources of the Self: The Making of Modern Identity. Harvard University Press.

Trappenburg, M. (2003). ‘Against Segregation: Ethnic Mixing in Liberal States’, Journal of Political Philosophy 11(3).

Young, I.M. (2000). Inclusion and Democracy. Oxford University Press.