Between Cultures: Tensions in the Struggle for Recognition by Alexander Garcia DuttmannBetween Cultures: Tensions in the Struggle for Recognition by Alexander Garcia Duttmann

Between Cultures: Tensions in the Struggle for Recognition

byAlexander Garcia DuttmannTranslated byKenneth B. WoodgateSeries edited byErnesto Laclau

Paperback | April 17, 2000

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Whenever an individual asks to be recognized, he asks for confirmation of what he believes himself to be. But he also asks for an establishing act which brings about what he is not yet and what he will be only once he has been recognized. Recognition is thus marked by a tension between two incompatible demands, a tension which triggers a struggle for recognition.

Between Cultures is a philosophical attempt to discuss issues related to multiculturalism in the light of this struggle for recognition. Moving effortlessly between philosophy, psychoanalysis, sociology, political theory and literature, it refers to the work of Adorno, Derrida, Freud, Hegel, Heidegger, Rawls, Walzer and Wittgenstein to describe a historical and critical politics of recognition. It also addresses questions of national and sexual identities, with particular reference to the notion of a gay identity in the context of Aids.
Alexander García Düttmann is Professor of Philosophy and Visual Culture at Goldsmiths, University of London. His books include The Gift of Language, The Memory of Thought: An Essay on Heidegger and Adorno, At Odds with Aids, and Between Cultures: Tensions in the Struggle for Recognition.Ernesto Laclau is Professor of Political Theory i...
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Title:Between Cultures: Tensions in the Struggle for RecognitionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:April 17, 2000Publisher:Verso BooksLanguage:English

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The need to be recognized fulfills an individual’s confirmation of his own self-conception and beliefs. Demanding an establishing act determines what he will become once recognized. Recognition then, involves a conflict between two contrary demands. Between Cultures: Tensions in the Struggle for Recognition attempts to philosophically investigate multicultural issues in the context of the struggle for recognition. Revealing the historical and critical politics of recognition, this cross-disciplinary study refers to the work of Adorno, Derrida, Freud, Hegel, Heidegger, Rawls, Walzer and Wittgenstein.