Politics of Difference(2)

Term: Fall 2010

Subject Code: GPOL

Course Number: 5133

Quite unexpectedly, at the dawn of the 21st century, issues of "difference" have emerged in the central political arena of many states, both long-established and post-colonial, with democratic as well as authoritarian regimes, occasionally leading to major conflicts. Many of these reflect challenges to unequal institutional arrangements concerning language, religion, gender, or ancestry of established populations arrived at in earlier periods; but some reflect a broadening of differences occasioned by recent immigration. The course considers these matters in a comparative perspective, drawing examples from North America, the European Union, and sub-Saharan Africa, with emphasis on "differences among differences" - i.e., normatively fair solutions to differences of gender, language, religion, and ancestry entail significantly different institutional arrangements. It also takes into consideration "global interactivity," i.e. that the internal political dynamics of a given country are often significantly affected by developments elsewhere. Cross-listed as GPOL 6304 and LHIS 4507.


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