What Respect is Owed to Illusions About Immigration and Culture?

39 Pages Posted: 13 Oct 2016 Last revised: 14 Dec 2016

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Jeremy Waldron

New York University School of Law

Date Written: October 11, 2016

Abstract

Against the background of my own general skepticism about cultural arguments in favor of immigration restrictions, I consider the possibility that such arguments may be redeemed by focusing on the damage unrestricted immigration may do to "imagined" cultural community as opposed to "actual" cultural community. There is plenty to explore here, but the paper ends with the suggestion that arguments about "imagined community" will operate differently and will be subject to greater constraints than well-founded arguments about the impact of immigration on actual culture.

Keywords: community, culture, imagined community, immigration, transparency

Suggested Citation

Waldron, Jeremy, What Respect is Owed to Illusions About Immigration and Culture? (October 11, 2016). NYU School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 16-49. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2851527 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2851527

Jeremy Waldron (Contact Author)

New York University School of Law ( email )

40 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012-1099
United States

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