Democracy, nationalism and culture: a social critique of liberal monoculturalism

Conversi, Daniele (2007) Democracy, nationalism and culture: a social critique of liberal monoculturalism. Sociology Compass, 2 (1). pp. 156-182. ISSN 1751-9020

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1751-9020.2007.00063.x

Abstract

Does liberal democracy provide an ideal framework for solving nationalist disputes? Or is rather democracy more conductive to nationalism and conflict? No definitive answer can be given to this broadly formulated question. However, the trend in the scholarly literature has recently pointed towards the latter direction. This article first introduces the ‘demo-skeptical turn’, which has emerged across disciplines in the study of democratic transitions. It then relates this to an understudied area – cultural homogenization. A social history of cultural homogenization remains yet to be written, but its historical impact is so overwhelming that its key features need to be studies on its own. This is, in turn, related to mainstream concepts of majoritarian liberal democracy.

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Additional Information:Does liberal democracy provide an ideal framework for solving nationalist disputes? Or is rather democracy more conductive to nationalism and conflict? No definitive answer can be given to this broadly formulated question. However, the trend in the scholarly literature has recently pointed towards the latter direction. This article first introduces the ‘demo-skeptical turn’, which has emerged across disciplines in the study of democratic transitions. It then relates this to an understudied area – cultural homogenization. A social history of cultural homogenization remains yet to be written, but its historical impact is so overwhelming that its key features need to be studies on its own. This is, in turn, related to mainstream concepts of majoritarian liberal democracy.
Keywords:Theories of nationalism, Homogenisation, Egalitarianism, Historical sociology, Comparative sociology
Subjects:L Social studies > L160 International Economics
L Social studies > L222 Democracy
L Social studies > L240 International Politics
L Social studies > L214 Nationalism
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:1943
Deposited By: Bev Jones
Deposited On:16 Jul 2009 08:49
Last Modified:18 Jul 2011 16:21

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