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 The book is comprised of eleven specially commissioned, previously unpublished contributions that investigate the fundamental significance of recognition for social and political thought.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.
Machine generated contents note: 1.Introduction: A Recognition-Theoretical Research Programme for the Social Sciences / Nicholas H. Smith -- pt. I Recognition as a Category of Social Research -- 2.Is Recognition a Basis for Social or Political Thought? / Terry Pinkard -- 3.Hegelian Recognition, Critical Theory, and the Social Sciences / Jean-Philippe Deranty -- pt. II Critical Assessments of Patterns of Misrecognition in Contemporary Societies -- 4.Misrecognition, Marriage, and Derecognition / Christopher F. Zurn -- 5.Work as a Sphere of Norms, Paradoxes, and Ideologies of Recognition / Nicholas H. Smith -- 6.Recognition as the Grounds of a General Theory of Crime as Social Harm? / Majid Yar -- 7.Recognition and Religious Diversity: The Case of Legal Exemptions / Jonathan Seglow -- pt. III Challenging the Recognition Order in the State and Beyond -- Contents note continued: 8.The Politics of Ethno-National Conflict Transformation: A Recognition-Theoretical Reading of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland / Shane O'Neill -- 9.Recognition as Statecraft? Contexts of Recognition and Transformations of State Membership Regimes / David Owen -- 10.Recognition and Immigration / Ruth Cox -- 11.The Global Politics of Recognition / Volker Heins.