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Politics in the vernacular : nationalism, multiculturalism, and citizenship
Kymlicka, Will.
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Oxford, UK New York : Oxford University Press, 2013, c2001.
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383 pages ; 23 cm.


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Book 0337410 JF1061 .K964 2013 Central Campus Library

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This volume brings together eighteen of Will Kymlicka's recent essays on nationalism, multiculturalism and citizenship. These essays expand on the well-known theory of minority rights first developed in his Multicultural Citizenship. In these new essays, Kymlicka applies his theory to severalpressing controversies regarding ethnic relations today, responds to some of his critics, and situates the debate over minority rights within the larger context of issues of nationalism, democratic citizenship and globalization.The essays are divided into four sections. The first section summarizes 'the state of the debate' over minority rights, and explains how the debate has evolved over the past 15 years. The second section explores the requirements of ethnocultural justice in a liberal democracy. Kymlicka argues thatthe protection of individual human rights is insufficient to ensure justice between ethnocultural groups, and that minority rights must supplement human rights. In particular, Kymlicka explores why some form of power-sharing (such as federalism) is often required to ensure justice for nationalminorities; why indigenous peoples have distinctive rights relating to economic development and environmental protection; and why we need to define fairer terms of integration for immigrants. The third section focuses on nationalism. Kymlicka discusses some of the familiar misinterpretations andpreconceptions which liberals have about nationalism, and defends the need to recognize that there are genuinely liberal forms of nationalism. He discusses the familiar (but misleading) contrast between 'cosmopolitanism' and 'nationalism', and discusses why liberals have gradually moved towards aposition that combines elements of both. The final section explores how these increasing demands by ethnic and national groups for minority rights affect the practice of democratic citizenship. Kymlicka surveys recent theories of citizenship, and raises questions about how they are challenged byethnocultural diversity. He emphasizes the importance of education as a site of conflict between demands for accommodating ethnocultural diversity and demands for promoting the common virtues and loyalties required by democratic citizenship. And, finally, he explores the extent to which'globalization' requires us to think about citizenship in more global terms, or whether citizenship will remain tied to national institutions and political processes. Taken together, these essays make a major contribution to enriching our understanding of the theory and practice of ethnoculturalrelations in Western democracies.

Table of Contents

Part A The New Debate over Minority Rights
1 The New Debate over Minority Rights
2 Do We Need a Liberal Theory of Minority Rights? Reply to Carens, Young, Parekh and Forst
3 Liberal Culturalism: An Emerging Consensus?
Part B Ethnocultural Justice
4 Human Rights and Ethnocultural Justice
5 Minority Nationalism and Multination Federalism
6 Theorizing Indigenous Rights
7 Indigenous Rights and Environmental Justice
8 The Theory and Practice of Immigrant Multiculturalism
Part C Misunderstanding Nationalism
9 Misunderstanding Nationalism
10 Modernity and Minority Nationalism: Commentary on Thomas Franck
11 The Paradox of Liberal Nationalism
12 From Enlightenment Cosmopolitanism to Liberal Nationalism
13 Cosmopolitanism, Nation-States and Minority Nationalism: A Critical Review of Recent Literature
14 American Multiculturalism in the International Arena
15 Minority Nationalism and Immigrant Integration
Part D Democratic Citizenship in Multiethnic States
16 Return of the Citizen: A Survey of Recent Work on Citizenship Theory
17 Education for Citizenship
18 Citizenship in an Era of Globalization: Commentary on Held
19 Liberal Egalitarianism and Civic Republicanism: Friends or Enemies?