The Skillful Self
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The Skillful Self

Liberalism, Culture, and the Politics of Skill
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John Stopford
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Developing a political approach to culture that avoids both the pitfalls of neutralism and the perils of perfectionism is among the most urgent tasks facing contemporary liberal theory. Drawing on Rawls's political liberalism as well as recent work by capability theorists and major critics of liberalism,The Skillful Self makes the case for a liberal politics of skill in which the skillful self forms the focus of a nonperfectionist approach to culture and cultural policy.
The Skillful Self: Liberalism, Culture, and the Politics of Skill presents a political liberal theory of cultural participation and the goals of cultural policy in contemporary pluralistic democracies. The ideal of cultural participation, which many regard as central to the self-conception of modern constitutional democracies, is often subject to the distorting influences of state perfectionism, paternalism, consumerism, and ideology. These distortions and the problems they raise are intensified by the forces of social, cultural, and economic globalization. Using the tools of contemporary liberal theory,The Skillful Self develops an approach to the politics of culture that focuses on the concept of skill and its place in a liberal conception of the self. Support for this approach is derived from the work of Nussbaum and Sen, who make a conception of human capability basic to their views of public policy and the design of political institutions. But the politics of skill modifies the capability approach by characterizing the central human functional capabilities as functions of the skillful self. The final chapters of the book describe the competences of the skillful self, elaborating a new typology of skills and explaining why basic institutions are obliged to promote them. To make the role of skill in the central capabilities explicit in this way is not to invoke the perfectionist ideal of a culture of skill, but rather to focus on the structural role of skill in a nonperfectionist conception of truly human functioning, and on the social conditions of individual capability viewed as a function of skill.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Chapter One. Liberalism, Culture, Cultural Participation Chapter 3 Liberalism and Culture Chapter 4 Cultural Participation Chapter 5 Globalization and Cultural Participation Chapter 6 Chapter Two. Community, Culture, Autonomy Chapter 7 Community, Justice, Culture Chapter 9 Culture, Context, Autonomy Chapter 10 System, Lifeworld, Expert Chapter 11 The Cultural Conditions of Autonomy Chapter 12 Chapter Three. Culture and Identity Chapter 13 Politics of Recognition, Politics of Respect Chapter 14 Recognition and the Politics of Hate Chapter 15 The Claims of the Indigenous Chapter 16 Chapter Four. Education Chapter 17 Education, Diversity, Cultural Competence Chapter 18 Multicultural Reason Chapter 19 Dialog as Reasonableness Chapter 20 Chapter Five. Skill, Technology, Capability Chapter 21 Skill, the Skillful Self, Deskilling Chapter 22 Liberalism, Technology, Technological Democracy Chapter 23 Capabilities, Resources, Capability Constrained Resourcism Chapter 24 Central Capabilities as Functions of the Skillful Self Chapter 25 Chapter Six. Politics of Skill Chapter 26 Representable and Nonrepresentable Skills Chapter 26 Factors Affecting the Development of the Nonrepresentable Skills Chapter 27 Conclusion

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