Why Multiculturalism Isn't Dead

Joppke, Christian (17 January 2018). Why Multiculturalism Isn't Dead (Unpublished). In: Durham Castle Lecture Series. Durham Castle Lecture, University of Durham (UK). 17.01.2018.

Christian Joppke intriguingly argues that, beyond the ebb and flow of policy, liberal constitutionalism itself bears out a multiculturalism of the individual that is not only alive but necessary in a liberal society. Through a provocative comparison of gay rights in the United States and the accommodation of Islam in Europe, he shows that liberal constitutionalism constrains majority power, requiring the state to be neutral about people's values and ethical commitment. It cannot but give rise to multiple ways of life or cultures, as people are endowed with the freedom to embrace them. Accordingly, impulses toward multiculturalism persist, despite its political crisis, but with a new accent on the individual, rather than group, as the unit of integration.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)


03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Sociology

UniBE Contributor:

Joppke, Christian Georg


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology




Marlène Breidenbach

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21 May 2019 09:03

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21 May 2019 09:03



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