Structural Transformation of National Borders and Cultural Identities: Human-Rights Society as an "Enlightened Localism"

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Provocations toward national boundaries and cultural identities in Western democracies, as a reaction to immigration and human-rights-ideas: How is "universal inclusion" possible if any given society can only be particular?
Three steps: (1) In place of universal inclusion, I propose an open-ended “local inclusion”; (2) “local inclusion” is possible wherever local cultural identities (and all identities are cultural) can be a form of “enlightened localism”; (3) national boundaries can be reconfigured in terms of “enlightened localism.

Keywords: Human Rights, Culture, Enlightened Localism, Alternatives to Normative Universalism
Stream: Politics, Public Policy and Law
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Prof. Benjamin Gregg

Professor, Department of Government, University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas, USA

American, teaches political and sociological theory as professor at the University of Texas at Austin. Author of Thick Moralities, Thin Politics: Social Integration across Communities of Belief (Duke University Press, 2003) and of Coping in Politics with Indeterminate Norms: A Theory of Enlightened Localism (SUNY Press, 2003). Most recent publication: “Translating Human Rights into Muslim Vernaculars,” Comparative Sociology 7 (2008) 1–27. Currently (May-August 2008) at the Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin writing a book on human rights without normative universalism. Contact:

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