First published in 1998, this volume emerged in the light of the resurgence of militant nationalism and racism since liberalism’s alleged triumph in 1989. We have to ask whether liberalism represents a bulwark against these deformations, or whether it is in fact their harbinger. Central themes explored in this interdisciplinary collection are: ¢ the position of the Romani, especially in central and eastern Europe ¢ the nature and scope of multiculturalism and its relation to conceptions of recognition ¢ the relations of liberalism to nationalism and racism ¢ the philosophical relation of ’the individual’ to national and other identities ¢ the debate between liberal and communitarian conceptions of personhood The book will thus be of particular interest to social and political scientists, philosophers and educationalists, as well as to anyone more generally concerned with contemporary issues of nationalism and racism.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Towards a Typology of Violence Against Roma in Central and Eastern Europe. Claude Cahn. 2. Liberalism, Multiculturalism and the Principles of Community. David Archard. 3. Ethnic Pluralism and the Liberal Virtues. John Edwards. 4. Liberalism, Nationalism and Identity. Ross Poole. 5. The Discourse of Liberalism in Post-Socialist Europe. Lubica Učník. 6. The Republican Alternative to Nationalism: Citizenship as Public Office in America. David Ricci. 7. National Institutions and Sub-National Separatism: Crimea and Chechnia. Irina Khmelko. 8. Can the Institutions of the European Community Transcend Liberal Limitations in the Pursuit of Racial Equality? Fernne Brennan. 9. Rawls: A Racist Theory of Justice? Edward Garrett. 10. Liberalism Without Universalism? Gideon Calder. 11. Communitarianism and Obedience. Alison Assister. 12. Being Some Body: Choice and Identity in a Liberal Pluralist World. Keith Graham. 13. Recognizing Multiculturalism. Simon Thompson. 14. The Philosophy of Cultural Recognition. Jonathan Seglow.
’Nationalism and Racism in the Liberal Order offers a rich, searching and timely collection of essays on a crucial area of contemporary political debate. It is distinguished both by the theoretical strength of its engagement with postmodernist critiques of liberalism, and by the close attention paid to the recent developments in central and eastern Europe.’ Kate Soper, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, University of North London