Knowing right from left: The politics of identity between the radical left and far right

Gayil Talshir*

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Abstract

The paper critically explores the dialectic relationships between the new left and the far right in advanced industrial democracies regarding the question of politics of identity. Whereas the former advocates a politics of inclusion, adopting multicultural democracy as its guiding principle both in intraparty praxis and as its vision for post-national Europe, the latter has reappropriated the discourse of identity to serve its politics of exclusion. The unintended consequences are that the new left has relegitimized - both politically and theoretically - the far right. In terms of realignment, it may well be that both extremes find themselves realigned on the same end of the material/cultural dimension.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)311-335
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Political Ideologies
Volume10
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2005

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