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Failure of Multiculturalism: Right, What’s Next?

Author(s): Plamen Makariev
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Sociology, Social development, Social differentiation, Sociology of Culture, Migration Studies, Ethnic Minorities Studies, Sociology of Politics, Globalization
Published by: Институт за изследване на населението и човека - Българска академия на науките
Keywords: multiculturalism; liberalism; political liberalism; deliberative democracy

Summary/Abstract: This article refers to minority policies in liberal-democratic societies. A number of failures in this field are explained as a result of the one-sidedness of these policies. I differentiate between two types of them: universalist (of an “orthodox” liberal type) and particularist (nationalist or multiculturalist) ones. I claim that neither “pure’ universalism, nor extreme particularism can serve as adequate approaches to the complex issues of, first and foremost, ethnic and religious minority communities. I comment, further, in a positive vein, two up to date theories which aim at a synthesis of these publicly-political approaches – John Rawls’s political liberalism and Jürgen Habermas’s theory of “two track” deliberative politics.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 7-20
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Bulgarian