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Citizenship in Culturally Diverse Societies: Issues, Contexts, Concepts

Will Kymlicka and Wayne Norman

in Citizenship in Diverse Societies

Published in print March 2000 | ISBN: 9780198297703
Published online October 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602948 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019829770X.003.0001
Citizenship in Culturally Diverse Societies: Issues, Contexts, Concepts

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Attempts to give an overview of the range of cases where minority rights and multiculturalism interact with citizenship, and of the potential tensions between them. The current debates on minority rights and citizenship are outlined, and the need for an integrated theory of diverse citizenship, including the wider context of ethnic conflict management, is discussed. Notes are given on the different kinds of minority groups (national, immigrant, religious, and sui generis—African Americans, Roma (gypsies) and Russians in former Soviet states, etc.). The ways that groups within liberal democracies seek respect for their cultural/religious distinctiveness are classified. Lastly, the main fears about citizenship in the face of minority rights are outlined.

Keywords: citizenship; ethnic conflict; ethnic groups; fears; minority groups; minority rights; multiculturalism; rights

Chapter.  18862 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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