Nationality and Cultural Pluralism

David Miller

in On Nationality

Published in print October 1997 | ISBN: 9780198293569
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599910 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Political Theory

 Nationality and Cultural Pluralism

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The principle of nationality defended in this book is contrasted with conservative nationalism on one side and radical multiculturalism on the other. Conservative nationalists treat national identities as rigid and authoritative, and therefore resist the changes in identity that immigration, for example, requires. Radical multiculturalists support the political expression of group identity, but fail to see how a secure sense of national identity can benefit minority groups. It is a defensible aim of public policy to integrate groups into such an identity, in particular, through the education system. Cultural minorities can legitimately demand equal treatment, but special rights for such groups are in general unjustified.

Keywords: conservatism; education; ethnicity; group identity; group rights; integration; multiculturalism; national identity; Roger Roger Scruton; Iris Marion Young

Chapter.  14637 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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