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Minorities within Minorities
Equality, Rights and Diversity

Avigail Eisenberg, Jeff Spinner-Halev, Melissa S. Williams, Lucas Swaine, Susan Moller Okin, Gurpreet Mahajan, Anne Phillips, Alan Patten, Jacob T. Levy, Oonagh Reitman, Rob Reich, Daniel M. Weinstock, Margaret Moore, Cindy Holder, Veit Bader, Monique Deveaux
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  • Date Published: January 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521603942


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  • Most discussions of multiculturalism and group rights focus on the relationship between the minority and the majority. This volume advances our understanding of minority rights by focusing on conflicts that arise within minority groups and by examining the different sorts of responses that the liberal state might have to these conflicts. Groups around the world are increasingly successful in maintaining or winning autonomy. In light of this trend, a crucial question emerges: what happens to individuals within groups who find that their group discriminates against them? This volume brings together distinguished scholars who examine this question by weaving together normative political theory with case studies drawn from South Africa, the United States, India, Canada, and Britain. Classical liberalism, deliberative democracy, feminism, and associative democracy are among the theoretical frameworks used to offer solutions to the complex set of issues raised by minorities within minorities.

    • Combines theoretical arguments with case studies
    • Deals with perhaps the most pressing and difficult issue in the multicultural debate
    • Brings together distinguished scholars and is international in its focus
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    • Date Published: January 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521603942
    • length: 404 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Avigail Eisenberg and Jeff Spinner-Halev
    Part I. Toleration:
    1. Tolerable liberalism Melissa S. Williams
    2. A liberalism of conscience Lucas Swaine
    Part II. Equality:
    3. Multiculturalism and feminism: no simple question, no simple answers Susan Moller Okin
    4. Can intra-group equality co-exist with cultural diversity?: re-examining multicultural frameworks of accommodation Gurpreet Mahajan
    5. Gender versus culture: not always a deep disagreement Anne Phillips
    6. The rights of internal linguistic minorities Alan Patten
    Part III. Individual Autonomy:
    7. Autonomy, association and pluralism Jeff Spinner-Halev
    8. Sexual orientation, exit and refuge Jacob T. Levy
    9. On exit Oonagh Reitman
    10. Exit 'exit rights': reframing the debate Daniel M. Weinstock
    Part IV. Self-Determination:
    12. Identity and liberal politics: the problem of minorities within minorities Avigail Eisenberg
    13. Internal minorities and indigenous self-determination Margaret Moore
    14. Self-determination as a basic human right: the draft UN Declaration of Rights of Indigenous Peoples Cindy Holder
    Part V. Democracy:
    15. Associative democracy and minorities within minorities Veit Bader
    16. A deliberative approach to conflicts of culture Monique Deveaux.

  • Editors

    Avigail Eisenberg, University of Victoria, British Columbia
    Avigail Eisenberg is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Victoria. She is author of Reconstructing Political Pluralism and co-editor of Painting the Maple: Essays on Race, Gender and the Construction of Canada.

    Jeff Spinner-Halev, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
    Jeff Spinner-Halev is the Schlesinger Professor of Political Science in the Department of Political Science at the University of Nebraska. He is the author of The Boundaries of Citizenship: Race, Ethnicity and Nationality in the Liberal State and Surviving Diversity: Religion and Democratic Citizenship.


    Avigail Eisenberg, Jeff Spinner-Halev, Melissa S. Williams, Lucas Swaine, Susan Moller Okin, Gurpreet Mahajan, Anne Phillips, Alan Patten, Jacob T. Levy, Oonagh Reitman, Rob Reich, Daniel M. Weinstock, Margaret Moore, Cindy Holder, Veit Bader, Monique Deveaux

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