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Title: Identity and Politics in Late Modernity
Authors: Nielsen, Henrik Kaare
Editors: Frenander, Anders
Department: Other
University of Borås. Swedish School of Library and Information Science
Issue Date: 2010
Journal Title: Nordisk Kulturpolitisk Tidskrift
ISSN: 1403-3216
Issue: 2
Pages: 251-265
Publisher: Högskolan i Borås
Media type: text
Publication type: article, peer reviewed scientific
Keywords: Late modern identity
Civil society
Political culture
Cultural policy
Subject Category: Subject categories::Social Sciences::Social Sciences
Area of Research: Kulturpolitik
Strategic Research Area: Library and information science
Abstract: Late modern society seems to be inescapably permeated by a conflict between universalizing and particularizing dynamics. The article discusses this basic condition from the perspective of late modern identity formation and its implications for the development of democratic politics. A critical discussion of a number of prominent positions in the theoretical debate on identity opens the argument. In the wake of this critical discourse, an alternative position based on contemporary critical theory is suggested, and the potentials and risks of late modern identity work are outlined in relation to the perspective of democratic civil society. The article concludes that identity-based processes of politicization are fragile and unpredictable, but that they nevertheless form necessary preconditions for creating and maintaining the necessary popular engagement in developing universal democratic civil society. Finally, the potentials and limitations of a European cultural policy in relation to the characteristics of late modern identity work are briefly discussed.
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