The theory of recognition and the ethics of immigration
thesisposted on 2022-03-28, 15:36 authored by Ruth Elizabeth Cox
This thesis examines the theory of recognition and applies it in the context of Australian immigration laws, policies and procedures. Part One (Chapter One) of the thesis addresses the question "What is recognition?", before turning to Axel Honneth's theory of recognition and the connections between his theory and other theories. In Part Two (Chapters Two, Three and Four), I consider a number of challenges that have been raised against Honneth's theory by Patchen Markell, Kelly Oliver and Nancy Fraser and I defend Honneth's theory against each of these challenges. I also raise my own questions about Honneth's account of the connection between esteem, achievement and social solidarity, and I consider whether questions of recognition of lack of recognition must be posed within the boundaries of a nation state. -- In Part Three (Chapters Five and Six), I apply Honneth's theory in the context of Australian immigration. I argue that recognition in terms of love, respect and esteem can be linked to the categories of family, humanitarian and skilled/economic migration and I contend that there is a close relationship between social frameworks of recognition and the mechanisms of social inclusion or exclusion that occur in immigration laws, policies and practice. I claim that interpreting the context of immigration in this way helps us to understand both its social function and its normative significance. In the final chapter, I revisit the challenges to Honneth's theory and reconsider them in the context of the immigration policies. I argue that Honneth's account of the role of struggles for recognition and its connection to social progress is particularly useful for understanding the "moral grammar' and issues of justice that are at stake.
Table of ContentsPart One: The concept of recognition -- 1. The concept of recognition -- Part Two: Major challenges to Honneth's theory -- 2. The problems of non-reciprocal recognition -- 3. Recognition and redistribution -- 4. Problems with the achievement principle -- Conclusion to Part Two -- Part Three: Recognition and immigration -- 5. Australian immigration -- 6. Revisiting the challenges to recognition theory in the context of immigration -- Conclusion
NotesDecember 2009 Bibliography: p. 232-235
Awarding InstitutionMacquarie University
Degree TypeThesis PhD
DegreeThesis (PhD), Macquarie University, Faculty of Arts, Dept. of Philosophy
Department, Centre or SchoolDepartment of Philosophy
Year of Award2010
Principal SupervisorNicholas Smith
RightsCopyright disclaimer: http://www.copyright.mq.edu.au Copyright Ruth Elizabeth Cox 2010.
Former Identifiersmq:20040 http://hdl.handle.net/1959.14/174464 1649590
Social justiceAustralia -- Emigration and immigration -- Government policyRecognition (Psychology)Emigration and immigrationEmigration and immigration -- Social aspectsRecognition (Philosophy) -- Moral and ethical aspectsEmigration and immigration -- Government policy -- Moral and ethical aspectsimmigrationRecognition (Philosophy)recognition