Peoples, Cultures and Nations in Political Philosophy

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224 pp., 6 x 9
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ISBN: 9780878408177 (0878408177)


June 2000
LC: 00-039346
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Peoples, Cultures and Nations in Political Philosophy
Paul Gilbert
Wars of national secession and ethnic cleansing, based on the claims of supposedly distinct racial, ethnic, cultural, and national identities, have disfigured recent years. Probing the roots of these conflicts, this book provides the first comprehensive survey of the full range of political theories of ethnicity and nationalism.

Paul Gilbert explores the role of identity in configuring contemporary states. He examines the concepts of race, ethnicity, cultural identity, and nationality, as well as the relevant political theories, including liberalism, communitarianism, and postmodernism. He also covers in depth the topics of citizenship and migration, multiculturalism and the ethics of secession. His multidisciplinary approach will be of value to those in philosophy, politics, sociology, and cultural studies.
Paul Gilbert is senior lecturer in philosophy at the University of Hull. He is also the author of The Philosophy of Nationalism (1998).

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Preface

Introduction

Part I: Concepts

Race and Ethnicity
Cultural Identity
Nationality

Part II: Theories

Cosmopolitanism, Conservatism, and Liberalism
Communitarianism
Marxism and Postmodernism

Part III: Issues

Citizenship, Immigration, and Indigenous Peoples
Multiculturalism
Self-determination and Secession
Conclusion
Index