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American Multiculturalism in the International Arena

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/10.1093/0199240981.003.0015
American Multiculturalism in the International Arena

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The consensus on American multiculturalism centres around three claims: that some or other form of multiculturalism is unavoidable, that the appropriate form of multiculturalism must be fluid in its conception of groups and group boundaries, and that the biggest challenge to such a conception is the disadvantaged and stigmatised status of African-Americans. It is argued that these conceptions have been explained in ‘contrast’ to minority nationalism. This contrast confuses rather than clarifies debates on American multiculturalism, and inhibits efforts to understand minority nationalism in other countries.

Keywords: African-Americans; United States; multiculturalism; minority nationalism; minorities; Western democracies

Chapter.  4191 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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