Freedom and Culture

Will Kymlicka

in Multicultural Citizenship

Published in print September 1996 | ISBN: 9780198290919
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599712 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Political Theory

 Freedom and Culture

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Begins by explaining how individual freedom is intimately tied up with membership of certain types of societal culture, and why it is important that minority groups should have their own cultures. It then discusses whether immigrant groups should be given the rights and resources necessary to sustain a distinct societal culture, and how liberals should respond to cultures that are illiberal. It aims to show that the liberal value of freedom of choice has certain cultural preconditions, and that issues of cultural membership must accordingly be incorporated into liberal principles. This provides a context for the discussion in the next chapter, about how group‐differentiated minority rights fit within a larger theory of liberal justice.

Keywords: culture; illiberalism; immigration; liberalism; societal culture

Chapter.  13656 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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