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Do We Need a Liberal Theory of Minority Rights? Reply to Carens, Young, Pareth, and Forst

Will Kymlicka

in Politics in the Vernacular

Published in print January 2001 | ISBN: 9780199240982
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599729 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199240981.003.0004
Do We Need a Liberal Theory of Minority Rights? Reply to Carens, Young, Pareth, and Forst

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This chapter presents the author’s response to criticisms that the theory of minority rights developed in his book, “Multicultural Citizenship” relies on universal liberal values, and is insensitive to contextual factors and cultural differences. The author argues that any attempt to develop a theory of minority rights will contradict other conceptions on the nature and role of culture. Developing a coherent liberal theory of minority rights is essential to finding the answers to questions on ethnocultural pluralism.

Keywords: liberal theory; minority rights; liberalism; cultural differences; multicultural citizenship

Chapter.  8794 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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