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The Paradox of Multicultural Vulnerability: Individual Rights, Identity Groups, and the State

Ayelet Shachar

in Multicultural Questions

Published in print October 1999 | ISBN: 9780198296102
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599583 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019829610X.003.0005
 The Paradox of Multicultural Vulnerability: Individual Rights, Identity Groups, and the State

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Ayelet Shachar is a good deal less ‘catholic’, pointing at the losses in individual rights that multicultural accommodation may entail. She calls a ‘paradox of multicultural vulnerability’ a situation in which group members may reap some benefits from multicultural accommodation, while individuals with ‘other’ identities (for instance, women) bear disproportionate costs for preserving their group's identity. Discussing religious family law in Israel, she puts her finger on a sore spot in Kymlicka's theory of multicultural citizenship, which prohibits individual rights violations in principle but lets them pass in practice.

Keywords: multicultural vulnerability; citizenship; family law; identity; Will Kymlicka; multiculturalism

Chapter.  11617 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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