What Does ‘Respect for Difference’ Mean?

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In his chapter, Laegaard (Chapter 2) focuses on liberal institutions. He questions the solidity of the distinction between ‘respect for difference’ and ‘respect for dignity’, by paying attention to what it means for institutions to respect difference. He concludes that from this perspective, the conceptual distinction between the two forms of respect – a distinction that is generally considered as the distinctive feature of multicultural citizenship – misconstrues the relation between liberalism and multiculturalism. This tempers the opposition between multiculturalism and liberalism, and help show how multiculturalism remains deeply connected to liberal values, even in its apparently more radical versions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLiberal Multiculturalism and the Fair Terms of Integration
EditorsPeter Balint, Sophie Guérard de Latour
Number of pages20
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication date31 Oct 2013
ISBN (Print)9781137320391
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2013
SeriesPalgrave Politics of Identity and Citizenship Series

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