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First, neither the fact that culture is inherently social nor the fact that members of a cultural community value certain goods made possible by their culture is an argument for its preservation. 9 In addition, the boundaries of culture can be porous and shifting, so it is not clear that cultures can always be pinned down as clearly identifiable entities to be preserved. The politics of recognition suffers from a deeper, metaphysical difficulty. The pursuit of recognition as knowing who others already really are overlooks crucial facts about social and political life (that human action is open-ended, unpredictable, self-surprising) and also facts about the relationship between human action and identity (that identities do not exist prior to and independent of human action and interaction but are constituted through them).

Descent has been a central feature of racial and ethnic identity. The content of these social conceptions have varied over time, but long-standing stereotypes that associate certain attributes with a particular social identity are neither easily overturned nor within the exclusive control of those to whom the identity is ascribed. A second dimension of social identity is treatment by others. Who we take ourselves to be is shaped by the regard of others. As Taylor puts it, we 33 The following discussion draws on Appiah 2004: 66–69.

To assert this stronger claim would be to make the same mistake as those who adopt an essentialist view of cultures as coherent bounded wholes, albeit in the name of antiessentialism. As the anthropologist David Scott puts it, ‘‘For whom is culture partial, unbounded, heterogeneous, hybrid, and so on, the anthropologist or the native? ’’ Scott rightly urges a critical stance toward culture’s own conceptual history, which would yield an appreciation of the conditions and possible limits of the anthropological notion of culture for political theory.

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