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The Political Psychology of Democratic Citizenship$
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Eugene Borgida, Christopher M Federico, and John L Sullivan

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195335453

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335453.001.0001

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The Politics of Recognition: A Social Psychological Perspective

The Politics of Recognition: A Social Psychological Perspective

(p.176) Chapter 8 The Politics of Recognition: A Social Psychological Perspective
The Political Psychology of Democratic Citizenship

Pamela Johnston Conover

Oxford University Press

Political theory has been engaged in an ongoing debate about the role of recognition in liberal democracies. Recognition demands, among other things, respect for all social groups and their fundamental way of life. A failure to fulfill this demand can lead to discrimination and prejudice, and ultimately impedes effective democratic citizenship. This chapter argues that these claims are ultimately psychological in nature, and that psychological science provides evidence to support a politics of recognition. Specifically, psychological research suggests that misrecognition impedes democratic citizenship, and that meeting the demands of recognition can actually enhance the dynamics of democratic deliberation.

Keywords:   politics of recognition, social identity, social categorization, identity politics, discrimination

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