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The Government of DesireA Genealogy of the Liberal Subject$
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Miguel de Beistegui

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226547374

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226547404.001.0001

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Struggles for Recognition

Struggles for Recognition

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(p.171) 7 Struggles for Recognition
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The Government of Desire
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Miguel de Beistegui

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226547404.003.0008

Following claims made by A. Honneth, N. Fraser, and C. Taylor, this chapter takes its point of departure in the observation that many of the world’s social conflicts revolve around the need to promote both universal respect for shared humanity and esteem for cultural distinctiveness. In other words, it recognizes how, beyond its economic (or capitalist) organization, and the question of the fair distribution of goods and resources, many contemporary struggles revolve around the longing for recognition and the right to be recognized, analyzed in the previous chapter. It provides specific examples of the demand to recognize the intrinsic worth and value of traditionally marginalized and subordinated groups, from the emancipation of Jews in early nineteenth century Prussia to the recognition, beginning in the 1970s, of First Nations in Canada, the growing understanding of social exclusion, and especially poverty, as a social injury or misrecognition involving denigration and disrespect, and the Northern Ireland Peace Agreement. It ends with a critical conclusion: the line between recognition and misrecognition is not one that is easily drawn, precisely to the extent that the struggle for recognition is always asymmetrical, and the power relations that define it are unevenly distributed

Keywords:   misrecognition, multiculturalism, struggles for recognition, politics of difference, cultural rights, Axel Honneth, Nancy Fraser, Charles Taylor

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