The Politics of Reconciliation in Multicultural Societies

Paperback | August 29, 2010

EditorWill Kymlicka, Bashir Bashir

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Most countries around the world exhibit a long history of exclusion and discrimination directed against ethnic, racial, national, religious, or ideological groups. The underlying justifications for these forms of exclusion have been increasingly discredited by the post-war human rightsrevolution, decolonization, and by contemporary norms of liberal-democratic constitutionalism, with their commitment to equal rights and non-discrimination. However, even as these older practices and ideologies of exclusion are discredited and repudiated, they continue to have enduring effects. Thelegacies of exclusion can still be seen in a wide range of social attitudes, cultural practices, economic and demographic patterns, and institutional rules that obstruct efforts to build genuinely inclusive societies of equal citizens. Finding ways to overcome this problem is a major challengefacing virtually every society around the world. This book focuses on two parallel intellectual and political movements that have arisen to address this challenge: the 'politics of reconciliation', with its focus on reparations, truth-telling and healing amongst former adversaries, and the 'politicsof difference', with its focus on the recognition and empowerment of minorities in multicultural societies. Both the politics of reconciliation and the politics of difference are having a profound impact on the theory and practice of democracy around the world, but remarkably little has been writtenabout the relationship between them. This book aims to fill that gap. Drawing on both theoretical analysis and case studies from around the world, the authors explore how the politics of reconciliation and the politics of difference often interact in mutually supportive ways, as reconciliation leadsto more multicultural conceptions of citizenship. But there are also important ways in which the two may compete in their aims and methods. This book is the first attempt to systematically explore these areas of potential convergence and divergence.

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Most countries around the world exhibit a long history of exclusion and discrimination directed against ethnic, racial, national, religious, or ideological groups. The underlying justifications for these forms of exclusion have been increasingly discredited by the post-war human rightsrevolution, decolonization, and by contemporary nor...

Will Kymlicka is the Canada Research Chair in Political Philosophy at Queen's University, and the author of six books published by Oxford University Press: Liberalism, Community, and Culture (1989), Contemporary Political Philosophy (1990; second edition 2002), Multicultural Citizenship (1995), which was awarded the Macpherson Prize b...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:August 29, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Bashir Bashir and Will Kymlicka: Introduction: Struggles for Inclusion and Reconciliation in Modern Democracies2. Jonathan VanAntwerpen: Reconciliation Reconceived: Religion, Secularism, and the Language of Transition3. Bashir Bashir: Reconciling Historically Excluded Social Groups: Deliberative Democracy and the Politics of Reconciliation4. Nadim Rouhana: Reconciling History and Equal Citizenship in Israel: Democracy and the Politics of Historical Denial5. Lawrie Balfour: Act and Fact: Slavery Reparations as a Democratic Politics of Reconciliation6. Paul Muldoon: 'The Very Basis of Civility': On Agonism, Conquest and Reconciliation7. Sonali Thakkar: Under Western Eyes: 'Into the Heart of Africa', Colonial Ethnographic Display, and the Politics of Multiculturalism8. Mark D. Walters: The Jurisprudence of Reconciliation: Aboriginal Rights in Canada9. Ruth Rubio-Marin: Gender and Collective Reparations in the Aftermath of Conflict and Political RepressionBibliographyIndex