Rethinking Social Cohesion in a Context of Migration: Democratic Interculturality Dans la domaine de la théorie politique contemporaine normative
|Directeur /trice||Prof. Matteo Gianni - Université de Genève Prof. Helder De Schutter - University of Louvain (KU Leuven)|
|Résumé de la thèse||
Democratic culture, given its free institutions, often includes different religious, moral and
philosophical conceptions of the good life. In the context of international migration, these
differences have intensified, eroding the unity of the nation with the state. This research
project focuses on the problem of social cohesion in a context of international migration.
The two dominant contemporary approaches to social cohesion, civic patriotism and liberal
nationalism, ground the state’s social cohesion on ‘civic’ and ‘national cultural’ allegiance,
respectively. This project examines their weaknesses and strengths in conceiving social
cohesion through analyzing Jürgen Habermas’s civic patriotism and David Miller’s liberal
There is an emerging approach to social cohesion that scholars such as Seyla Benhabib and
Philip Pettit have started to develop. I call this third school ‘democratic interculturality’ and
hope to develop it into a full-fledged political theory of social cohesion in my dissertation.
Normatively, this scheme establishes a more robust democratic interaction between co-
citizens than that provided by liberal principles as in civic patriotism. At the same time, it also
is willing to respect different identity affiliations of the citizens –even those falling outside of
the national culture, and there by distances itself from liberal nationalism.
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