The Virtuous Citizen by Professor Tim Soutphommasane
Patriotism in a Multicultural Society

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It may be that this rebooted version of nationalism will go the way of the wisdom of crowds and the social animal – novel-sounding ideas that politicians thirsty for soundbites take up and then just as quickly drop.
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What does it mean to be a citizen in a multicultural society? And what role must patriotism play in defining our relationship with our country and fellow citizens? In The Virtuous Citizen Tim Soutphommasane answers these questions with a critical defence of liberal nationalism. Considering a range of contemporary political debates from Europe, North America and Australia, over issues including multiculturalism, national history, civic education and immigration, Soutphommasane argues that a love of country should be valued alongside tolerance, mutual respect and public reasonableness as a civic virtue. A liberal form of patriotism, grounded in national identity, is, if anything, essential for political stability in a diverse society. This book is required reading not only for political theorists and philosophers but also for researchers and professionals in political science, sociology, history and public policy.
 

About Professor Tim Soutphommasane

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Tim Soutphommasane is a research fellow at Monash University's National Centre for Australian Studies and a senior researcher with the Sydney-based think tank Per Capita. His recent publications include Reclaiming Patriotism: Nation-Building for Australian Progressives.
 
Published August 31, 2012 by Cambridge University Press. 267 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Tristram Hunt on Sep 29 2012

...this is a worthy contribution to current thinking on liberal nationalism, identity and migration. It marks another welcome rejection of the "community of communities" multiculturalism of the late 1990s...

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Reviewed by John Gray on Sep 05 2012

It may be that this rebooted version of nationalism will go the way of the wisdom of crowds and the social animal – novel-sounding ideas that politicians thirsty for soundbites take up and then just as quickly drop.

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