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

Conversi, Daniele (2008) Democracy, nationalism and culture: a social critique of liberal monoculturalism. Sociology Compass, 2 (1). pp. 156-182. ISSN 1751-9020

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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.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.blackwell-compass.com/subject/sociology...
Additional Information: © 2007 The Author
Library of Congress subject classification: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Sets: Departments > Government
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2009 17:13
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/22160/

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