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Multicultural Citizenship

Will Kymlicka

Published in print September 1996 | ISBN: 9780198290919
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599712 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198290918.001.0001

Series: Oxford Political Theory

Multicultural Citizenship

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The increasingly multicultural fabric of modern societies has given rise to many new issues and conflicts, as ethnic and national minorities demand recognition and support for their cultural identity. This book presents a new conception of the rights and status of minority cultures. It argues that certain sorts of rights for minority cultures are consistent with liberal democratic principles, and that standard liberal objections to recognizing such rights on the grounds of individual freedom, social justice, and national unity can be answered. However, no single formula can be applied to all groups, and the needs and aspirations of immigrants are very different from those of indigenous peoples and national minorities. The book analyses some of the issues, which, though central to an understanding of multicultural politics (such as language rights, group representation, land rights, federalism, and secession), have been surprisingly neglected in contemporary liberal theory.

Keywords: cultural identity; minority cultures; minority rights; multiculturalism

Book.  290 pages. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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Introduction in Multicultural Citizenship

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The Politics of Multiculturalism in Multicultural Citizenship

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Rethinking the Liberal Tradition in Multicultural Citizenship

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Freedom and Culture in Multicultural Citizenship

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Justice and Minority Rights in Multicultural Citizenship

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Ensuring a Voice for Minorities in Multicultural Citizenship

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Toleration and Its Limits in Multicultural Citizenship

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The Ties That Bind in Multicultural Citizenship

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Conclusion in Multicultural Citizenship

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