Journal article

The concept of belonging: Critical, normative and multicultural

C Chin

Ethnicities | SAGE Publications | Published : 2019


Contemporary diversity politics is mobilized around debates on the effects of diversity on political community and cohesion. However, social and political theory are deeply divided on the relation between that diversity, liberal–democratic citizenship, multiculturalism and social cohesion. This article argues that a focus on the concept of belonging, which is often employed but rarely examined in detail, illustrates the critical–normative divide between social and political theory. Further, it argues that each has a partial account of belonging that fails to account for the multidimensional and complex nature of diverse belonging today. Instead, it sketches a theory of ‘multicultural-belongi..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: The research upon which this article is based was kindly supported by two internal grants from the University of Melbourne: The Early Career Researcher Grant and the Special Studies (Long) Program Grant. They were key to its success.