44 / 2016
Marina Lukšič-Hacin

Theorizing the Concept of Multiculturalism through Taylor's ‘Politics of Recognition’

Contemporary debates on multiculturalism, regardless of whether we speak of proponents or sharp critics, were greatly influenced by Charles Taylor’s essay Multiculturalism and 'The Politics of Recognition' (1992). It highlighted the need for the right of recognition and identity, built on the assumption of universal dignity. This paper tries to answer the question – in connection with Taylor’s essay – of the sources of the reasons for today’s problems with the concept of multiculturalism, and to provide suggestions for alternative paths out of the present paradoxical circumstances.

KEY WORDS: multiculturalism, recognition, identity, difference, Charles Taylor, diversity

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