Politics in the Vernacular: Nationalism, Multiculturalism, and Citizenship by Will KymlickaPolitics in the Vernacular: Nationalism, Multiculturalism, and Citizenship by Will Kymlicka

Politics in the Vernacular: Nationalism, Multiculturalism, and Citizenship

byWill Kymlicka

Paperback | December 1, 2000

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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.
Will Kymlicka is the author of four books published by Oxford University Press: "Liberalism, Community, and Culture" (1989), "Contemporary Political Philosophy" (1990), "Multicultural Citizenship" (1995), which was awarded the Macpherson Prize by the Canadian Political Science Association, and the Bunche Award by the American Political...
Title:Politics in the Vernacular: Nationalism, Multiculturalism, and CitizenshipFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.83 inPublished:December 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part l. The Evolution of Minority Rights Debate1. The New Debate over Minority Rights2. Liberal Culturalism: An Emerging Consensus?3. Do We Need a Liberal Theory of Minority Rights?Reply to Carens, Young, Parekh, and FrostPart ll. Ethnocultural Justice4. Human Rights and Ethnocultural Justice5. Minority Nationalism and Multination Federalism6. Theorizing Indigenous Rights7. Indigenous Rights and Environmental Justice8. The Theory and Practice of Immigrant Multiculturalism9. A Crossroad in Race RelationsPart lll. Misunderstanding Nationalism10. From Enlightenment Cosmopolitanism to LiberalNationalism11. Cosmopolitanism, Nation-States, and Minority Nationalism12. Misunderstanding Nationalism13. The Paradox of Nationalism14. American Multiculturalism in the International Arena15. Minority Nationalism and Immigrant IntegrationPart lV: Democratic Citizenship in Multiethnic States16. Education for Citizenship17. Citizenship in an Era of Globalization: Commentary on Held18. Liberal Egalitarianism and Civic Republicanism: Friends or Enemies?

Editorial Reviews

Politics in the Vernacular presents a collection of extremely interesting and well-written essays that offer insightful and thought-provoking analysis of a number of issues central to the ongoing discourse surrounding minority rights. Importantly, its arguments are equally accessible tospecialists and non-specialists, and the book contains a substantial independent bibliography and a thorough, helpful index. Shaun Young, Canadian Public Administration