Self‐Determination: Politics, Philosophy, and Law

Donald L. Horowitz

in National Self-Determination and Secession

Published in print October 1998 | ISBN: 9780198293842
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599941 | DOI:
 Self‐Determination: Politics, Philosophy, and Law

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This chapter examines the empirical complexities of territorially based ethnic separation (boundaries) against the growing philosophical justifications for self‐determination. Horowitz argues that ‘clean breaks’ are not likely, not least because ethnicity itself is a contextual and therefore mutable affiliation, and argues that more attention should be paid to encourage domestic measures of interethnic accommodation.

Keywords: accommodation; affiliation; borders; boundaries; ethnicity; national pluralism; secession; self‐determination

Chapter.  15640 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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