Tariq Modood presents ‘Multiculturalism without Privileging Liberalism’ as part of the SPAIS staff seminar series
'Multiculturalism without Privileging Liberalism'
Liberalism's primary medium is that of values, principles and laws. One of the ways to de-absolutise liberalism in relation to multiculturalism and the respectful inclusion of minorities is to recognize the sociological and normative significance of other features of social life. I do so by focusing on the significance of identity and by highlighting the normative role of dialogue in a context of cultural and value conflicts. This offers a bottom-up basis for a political theory of multiculturalism, which is not simply about trends in academic liberalism but is about claims on national citizenship and national identity by those seeking inclusion in a new sense of the national. While a focus on identity, both in terms of recognition and in terms of fostering commonality and societal unity is not sufficient, it is a necessary dimension that political theorists who frame things in terms of liberalism miss, and thereby miss both what needs to be addressed and what is needed for liberal – amongst other – values to be secured. (Nor do socialists, human rights champions, cosmopolitans or localists).
A recording of the session can be viewed here: https://zoom.us/rec/share/yle7tujDQ04BNTtmiajmrBBPRBqUiXlRRPg6_rjI9SQoANwYDWiBPJg-bqk-bYAo.ugw7D4n3asTakyYp