Immigration, Interpersonal Trust and National Culture

Radoilska, Lubomira V. (2014) Immigration, Interpersonal Trust and National Culture. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 17 (1). pp. 111-128. ISSN 1369-8230. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/13698230.2013.851486) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This article offers a critical analysis of David Miller’s proposal that liberal immigration policies should be conceptualized in terms of a quasi-contract between receiving nations and immigrant groups, designed to ensure both that cultural diversity does not undermine trust among citizens and that immigrants are treated fairly. This proposal fails to address sufficiently two related concerns. Firstly, an open-ended, quasi-contractual requirement for cultural integration leaves immigrant groups exposed to arbitrary critique as insufficiently integrated and unworthy of trust as citizens. Secondly, the focus on national culture instead of citizenship obfuscates the close link between political membership and political trustworthiness. An examination of two models of interpersonal trust, affective and cognitive, shows that there is no room for the mid-way position associated with a quasi-contract. The effect of grounding political trust in a shared national culture instead of democratic institutions is to normalize the domination of immigrants and citizens alike.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: citizenship, democracy, immigration, liberalism, national culture, national identity, non-domination, trust, welfare state
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
J Political Science
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Philosophy
Depositing User: Lubomira Radoilska
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2014 13:48 UTC
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2015 09:53 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/44277 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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