Friday, 20 February 2009


This piece in The Atlantic Online is quite fascinating. It considers the shifting ethnic demographics of the United States, with reference to the possible emergence of a white "identity crisis". While provocative, I am more interested in the future situating of identity politics more generally in relation to the social imaginary of "multiculturalism". An useful early reference point in this context is David Hollinger's Post Ethnic America: Beyond Multiculturalism. More recent social theory (e.g. Habermas, Gerard Delanty) has treated cosmopolitan citizenship in a manner that may be compatible with the "beyond" in Hollinger's title (which should be considered too, I believe, in light of the references in my earlier "Disco Marxism" post). I did at least manage a chuckle at the "Tea Partay"

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