Structural Transformation of National Borders and Cultural Identities: Human-Rights Society as an "Enlightened Localism"
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
Prof. Benjamin Gregg
Professor, Department of Government, University of Texas at Austin