WiSe 13/14: Multiculturalism in Europe. Political Implications
Since the emergence of multiculturalist political thinking in the 1990s (cf. Taylor 1992, Kymlicka 1995), cultural pluralism has been considered a challenge both to liberal democratic thought and to ... read more
Since the emergence of multiculturalist political thinking in the 1990s (cf. Taylor 1992, Kymlicka 1995), cultural pluralism has been considered a challenge both to liberal democratic thought and to democratic politics. Numerous theorists have been debating about the appropriate political reaction to this social fact characterizing more and more contemporary societies worldwide (cf. Laden/Owen 2007) and some have also been surveying the concrete political actions taken in response to cultural pluralism by different (inter)national actors (cf. Kymlicka 2007).
In this seminar we will focus on the political implications of multiculturalism in Europe. First, we will try to assess multiculturalism in Europe on a general conceptual and empirical level: What does 'multiculturalism' mean? What kind of empirical evidence is there concerning multiculturalism as a social fact in Europe? Then, we will tackle the political implications of multiculturalism on a theoretical level: How could and should multiculturalism, conceived of as cultural pluralism, be dealt with politically in Europe? The practical political implications of multiculturalism will be subject of the third and major part of this seminar in which we will analyze how multiculturalism is de facto being dealt with politically in Europe.