Constituting Communities: Political Solutions to Cultural by Per Mouritsen, Knud Erik Jorgensen

By Per Mouritsen, Knud Erik Jorgensen

The pluralism of up to date states is frequently conceptualised as an issue of tradition, which demands extra social unity. This in flip calls for political, civic options. yet what such appeals to phrases like citizenship, constitutionalism or civic patriotism suggest is contested. From a cross-disciplinary and conceptual standpoint the booklet discusses political ideas to cultural clash resembling constitutional patriotism, republicanism and liberal nationalism, yet locations those debates within the context of actual nationwide traditions, the place all civic language unavoidably additionally displays "culture".

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The purpose of a citizenship declaration, arguably, is as uncertain as that of a civic oath (Bauböck, 2002). Terrorists will hardly be persuaded to mend their ways, nor will they give themselves up by refusing to sign. Immigrants are asked to confirm something that nationals are never confronted with. Still, oaths and confirmations may be seen as solemn rites of passage, pledges which confirm the value of citizenship. The Danish declaration, however, is both inept and insulting. It fits a political conception of Danish community, but does so in a chauvinistic way.

Turner, B. S. (1990) ‘Outline of a Theory of Citizenship’, Sociology, 24(2): 189–217. Turner, B. S. (2001) ‘The Erosion of Citizenship’, British Journal of Sociology, 52(2): 189–210. Viroli, M. (1995) For Love of Country. Oxford: Clarendon. , Resigl, M. and Liebhart, K. (1999) The Discursive Construction of National Identity. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. 2 Symbolic Power and Cultural Differences: A Power Model of Political Solutions to Cultural Differences Klaus Eder Political solutions to cultural differences?

Maynor develops Phillip Pettit’s notion of republican non-domination (Pettit, 1997; Maynor, 2003) to facilitate a polity-centred conception of European citizenship, which he argues is more robust than constitutional patriotism, while Bellamy and Castiglione connect a language of participatory citizenship to a context of multi-level governance, characterized by a complex, overlapping pluralism of issues, advocacy groups and jurisdictions. While both approaches may be seen to conceptualize a reconstitution of distinct peoples’ liberties, which gradually incorporates new reasonable demands, Maynor remains, at a European level, with a Rousseauvian (or Habermasian) perspective of a unitary polity united in a dialogue about the common good, whereas Bellamy and Castiglione rely on a republicanism of self-constituting, overlapping sovereignties.

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