Liberal Culturalism: An Emerging Consensus?

Will Kymlicka

in Politics in the Vernacular

Published in print January 2001 | ISBN: 9780199240982
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599729 | DOI:
Liberal Culturalism: An Emerging Consensus?

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Liberal culturalism has come to the forefront of debates on multiculturalism and minority rights. Liberal culturalists believe that liberal democratic states should not only uphold the civil and political rights of citizenship, but also adopt group-specific rights or policies that recognize and accommodate the distinctive identities and needs of ethnocultural groups. They support policies which allow members of ethnic and national groups to express and promote their cultural and identity, but reject policies that impose a duty on people to do so.

Keywords: liberal culturalism; multiculturalism; minority rights; ethnocultural groups; liberal democracy

Chapter.  4501 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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