Citizenship in Diverse Societies

Citizenship in Diverse Societies

Citizenship in Diverse Societies

Citizenship in Diverse Societies


In this new edited volume by Will Kymlicka, leading scholars of multicultural issues examine questions related to multiculturalism and citizenship. Most modern democracies contain significant minority groups whose language, religion or ethnicity differs from those of the majority. Is it possible in such societies to accommodate these forms of diversity without weakening the bonds of common citizenship? In this volume, distinguished scholars explore this question by looking at concrete issues where the demands of citizenship and diversity often clash. Contents:I. Citizenship Education and Religious DiversityII. Political Participation and Group RepresentationIII. Immigration, Identity and MulticulturalismIV. Gender and Ethnic DiversityV. Language RightsVI. The Rights of Indigenous PeoplesVII. Federalism and Nationalis


Eamonn Callan

After all, if we're concerned with identity, then what is more legitimate than one's aspiration that it never be lost?

(Charles Taylor)

I Ontario's Policy Dilemma

Policies that accord public recognition to cultural minorities are commonly represented as a relatively recent strategy for coping with the deepening pluralism of liberal societies. They are also routinely condemned for eroding a sense of shared citizenship and departing from the norms of impartial treatment that befit free societies. But these views are both historically and morally dubious. For example, in Canada and elsewhere group recognition for religious minorities has been an integral part of educational policy since the very beginnings of mass schooling in the middle of the nineteenth century. To be sure, denominational school rights raise hard questions about discrimination, as well as the maintenance of civic cohesion. But these rights have served important social ends, and it is an open question whether the advantages they create for minorities must militate against common citizenship or arbitrarily bestow privileges on some groups at the expense of others. My

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