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Bruce Robbins, Paulo Lemos Horta, and Kwame Anthony Appiah

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781479829682

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479829682.001.0001

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Cosmopolitanism and the Problem of Solidarity

Cosmopolitanism and the Problem of Solidarity

(p.91) 5 Cosmopolitanism and the Problem of Solidarity

David A. Hollinger

NYU Press

David Hollinger notes that in the United States the existing apparatus for dealing with cultural diversity itself feels increasingly anachronistic. Differences within communities defined by race, like those that separate the historical experiences of African Americans from African and Caribbean immigrants, have subverted the crude working categories of an older multiculturalism. The result is a questioning of duties to “our own kind”—whatever that has come to mean—and a pressure to think of identity in cosmopolitan terms: less as something to be preserved and perpetuated than as the voluntary formation of new and wider solidarities.

Keywords:   solidarity, race, ethnicity, multiculturalism, diversity

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