Title
Creating mutual identification and solidarity in highly diversified societies : the importance of identification by shared participation Creating mutual identification and solidarity in highly diversified societies : the importance of identification by shared participation
Author
Faculty/Department
Centre Pieter Gillis
Publication type
article
Publication
Pretoria ,
Subject
Philosophy
Source (journal)
South African journal of philosophy. - Pretoria
Volume/pages
31(2012) :3 , p. 560-575
ISSN
0258-0136
ISI
000310178900006
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Like the liberal nationalists, we insist that a sense of belonging together is necessary for the practice of an egalitarian democracy. Therefore, we can take a shared national identity as one of the building blocks of the welfare state. However, we argue that a shared cultural or civic national identity can not be a necessary condition for this sense of belonging together. The mere fact of co-operation and common participation in shared activities and projects can create a sense of belonging together, regardless of whether the participants do share a national identity. Governments of diversified societies can try to establish a shared national culture, but equally important is their task to create a sense of belonging together by virtue of co-operation and shared participation. It is particularly important that people can meet each other, and therefore efforts by the government to establish social mix and a common language may be legitimate policies.
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