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Global Capitalism or Multiculturalism? No, Thanks!


ERIK VOGT
TRINITY COLLEGE, USA VIENNA UNIVERSITY, AUSTRIA

Issue:

CP, Number 14

Section:

No. 14 (2009)  Editorial

Abstract:

While the current hegemonic ideology claims that the achievement of liberal-democratic multiculturalism consists in both overcoming all forms of racism and in critically opening globalization towards cultural differences and identities by means of its appropriation of the disseminative and inherently pluralizing forces characteristic of the new technologies of communication and information, this paper aims to demonstrate that liberal-democratic multiculturalism does not only rely on a disavowed racism, but is also complicit with global capitalism. This critique of liberal-democratic multiculturalism is articulated via the presentation of central arguments to be found in the works of Alain Badiou and Slavoj Žižek. On the basis of their thought, it then tries to assay the pertinence of their fidelity to the European legacy of a politics of universalization and truth.

Keywords:

globalization, multiculturalism, communication technologies, Vattimo, Badiou, Žižek.

Code [ID]:

CP200914V00S01A0011 [0002793]


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