Democracy, Identity and Political Mobilization
“I am very interested in the concept of identity in politics, that is how people allow themselves to be mobilized in politics on the basis of something that theorists, as well as people in ordinary talk, call their ‘identities’. I try to define the concept of identity in terms of people’s fundamental and deepest commitments: this means that I am interested in a notion of identity in which people endorse certain things about themselves and make them into commitments…it could be their gender, their nationality or their race”, says political philosopher Akeel Bilgrami from Columbia University. But what happens to our liberal doctrines and liberal ways of understanding the polity when one finds people mobilized on the basis of identity? We asked Professor Bilgrami during a past edition of our Istanbul Seminars.
Interview by Nina zu Fürstenberg
Filmmaker: Nikolai Eberth
Editing: Anna Fanuele