Recognition theory as social research: investigating the dynamics of social conflict

Shane O'Neill (Editor), Nicholas H. Smith (Editor)

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The contributors to this volume present the case for an exciting new research program in the social sciences based on the theory of recognition developed by Axel Honneth and others in recent years. The book is comprised of eleven specially commissioned, previously unpublished contributions that investigate the fundamental significance of recognition for social and political thought. The theory of recognition is used as a frame for investigating the dynamics of social conflicts that arise around the institution of marriage, the organization of work, the categorization of crime, legal exemption on the grounds of religious belief, the political accommodation of ethnic and national minorities, the claims of migrants, and international relations. The potential of recognition theory to guide just resolutions of these conflicts is also explored.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
Number of pages247
ISBN (Print)9780230296558
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • Social conflict--Research
  • Recognition (Psychology)

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