Identity and Immigration: The inconsistency of liberal nationalism

Maren Behrensen
Centre for Applied Ethics, Linköping University, Sweden

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Ingår i: Proceedings from The 49th Societas Ethica Annual Conference 2012; Theme: Ethics and Migration; August 23-26; 2012; Lucian Blaga University Sibiu; Romania

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 97:5, s. 47-55

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Publicerad: 2014-04-24

ISBN: 978-91-7519-297-0

ISSN: 1650-3686 (tryckt), 1650-3740 (online)


In this paper; I set out to argue that liberal nationalism offers an incoherent perspective on the ethics of migration. Because of its emphasis on the value of national cultures (both majority cultures and minority cultures); liberal nationalism fails to justify an alleged “duty to integrate” on the part of the migrants; and it also fails to justify the limits on immigration for cultural reasons.


Liberal nationalism; ethics of migration; value of culture


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