|Editor||A. Ross, Citizenship Education: Europe and the World|
This paper discusses two ways of shaping relationship between the state, cultural groups and single individuals: assimilation into the state and accommodation of cultural groups. This paper proposes an alternative reconceptualisation of the political in terms that are not oppositional but inclusive. A single community, shaped around a minimal dimension of culture, common to members with different interests and different worldviews. This is the only appropriate conceptualisation of the political for contemporary multicultural societies. Rather than articulating matters as independent sub-units of society (as some multicultural theorists propose) or as the restatement of an all-encompassing unitary state (as some liberal theorists do) we should articulate integration conceived as the balance of accommodation and assimilation within a single, but shared, community.