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Communication of diversity: Dérapage and regulation

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Author(s): Mohammed Noureddine Affaya

Journal: Revista CIDOB d'Afers Internacionals
ISSN 1133-6595

Issue: 88;
Start page: 25;
Date: 2009;
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Keywords: Communication | diversity | difference | democracy | association

ABSTRACT
A process focused on communication in its social dimensions cannot, in any event, ignore the place that is occupied by the imaginary, in the same way that a reflection on identity cannot conceal the focus of difference. This article is an attempt to reflect on debates over the issue of diversity and on the imperatives that impose themselves in the face of possible errors of “wild differenciation” or of exacerbated claims for identity. The piece attempts to determine which mechanisms are required to regulate the different types of lack of communication thatare manifested in the name of difference or diversity, and what the strong points and limits of democratic discourse are, as well as the types of mediation in managing differences. This is unquestionably a major challenge that politics is currently facing, as well as a dual paradox: that of the identity dialectic, and of uniformity and diversity.
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