This book addresses the question of cultural pluralism and its implications for citizenship and national identity in post-war Britain. The author examines the role of underlying public philosophies reflected in laws, policies, and institutional arrangements. When a political community faces challenges of diversity, people explore new principles of social formation, that is, what kind of society they desire based on which methods of maintaining peace and cooperation. In other words, citizens of a political community try to forge a new social contract which is fair to social majorities as well as minorities. Such a contract includes rights and obligations on three levels: the range of state intervention, acceptable responsibility of society, and due liberty of the individual. This book explores Britain's approach to responding to such challenges of diversity as devolution, European integration, and multiculturalism have deepened. The author interprets Britain's principles under the name of deliberative multiculturalism, which consists of rational dialogue and mutual respect with firmly guaranteed political rights.
About the Author
Nam-Kook Kim is Professor at the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Korea University. He studied at Seoul National University, Korea and at the University of Oxford (UK) and received his PhD in Political Science from the University of Chicago (USA). His research focuses on philosophical interpretation of public policy in the areas of citizenship, human rights and multiculturalism in Europe and Asia.