Normative significance of transnationalism? The case of the Danish cartoons controversy

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The paper concerns the specific transnational aspects of the ‘cartoons controversy' over the publication of 12 drawings of the Prophet Muhammad in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten. Transnationalism denotes the relationships that are not international (between states) or domestic (between states and citizens, or between groups or individuals within a state). The paper considers whether the specifically transnational aspects of the controversy are normatively significant, that is, whether transnationalism makes a difference for the applicability or strength of normative considerations concerning publications such as the Danish cartoons. It is argued that, although some of the usual arguments about free speech only or mainly apply domestically, many also apply transnationally; that standard arguments for multicultural recognition are difficult to apply transnationally; and that requirements of respect may have problematic implications if applied to transnational relationships.
TidsskriftEthics & Global Politics
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)101-121
Antal sider21
StatusUdgivet - 2010


  • civilitet
  • Muhammed tegningerne
  • ytringsfrihed
  • globalt civilsamfund
  • multikulturel anerkendelse
  • respekt
  • transnationale relationer

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