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Multicultural Odysseys: Navigating the New International Politics of Diversity (Paperback)
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Multicultural Odysseys: Navigating the New International Politics of Diversity (Paperback)

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Paperback 384 Pages / Published: 05/02/2009
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We are currently witnessing the global diffusion of multiculturalism, both as a political discourse and as a set of international legal norms. States today are under increasing international scrutiny regarding their treatment of ethnocultural groups, and are expected to meet evolving international standards regarding the rights of indigenous peoples, national minorities, and immigrants. This phenomenon represents a veritable revolution in international relations, yet has received little public or scholarly attention. In this book, Kymlicka examines the factors underlying this change, and the challenges it raises. Against those critics who argue that multiculturalism is a threat to universal human rights, Kymlicka shows that the sort of multiculturalism that is being globalized is inspired and constrained by the human rights revolution, and embedded in a framework of liberal-democratic values. However, the formulation and implementation of these international norms has generated a number of dilemmas. The policies adopted by international organizations to deal with ethnic diversity are driven by conflicting impulses. Pessimism about the destabilizing consequences of ethnic politics alternates with optimism about the prospects for a peaceful and democratic form of multicultural politics. The result is often an unstable mix of paralyzing fear and naive hope, rooted in conflicting imperatives of security and justice. Moreover, given the enormous differences in the characteristics of minorities (eg., their size, territorial concentration, cultural markers, historic relationship to the state), it is difficult to formulate standards that apply to all groups. Yet attempts to formulate more targeted norms that apply only to specific categories of minorities (eg., indigenous peoples or national minorities) have proven controversial and unstable. Kymlicka examines these dilemmas as they have played out in both the theory and practice of international minority rights protection, including recent developments regarding the rights of national minorities in Europe, the rights of indigenous peoples in the Americas, as well as emerging debates on multiculturalism in Asia and Africa. Winner of the North American Society of Social Philosophy Book Prize.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199562558
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 600 g
Dimensions: 232 x 152 x 20 mm


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. . . it is the first of its kind in breadth and depth of research . . . A theoretician, Kymlicka is at home writing conceptually, but his writing is wonderfully clear . . . he has offered a hugely important volume, and a readable one at that. * Globe and Mail *
. . . Kymlicka has produced an exceptional book. Its lively and engaging style will draw in the reader . . . The book is an exemplary presentation of the complexities of multiculturalism and the politics in which it is embedded. It is an extremely important book for scholars and policy makers in the area of ethnic relations and multiculturalism. * Journal of International Migration and Integration *
Kymlicka is a nuanced and innovative thinker, and his exploration of the core dilemmas of thinking about multiculturalism internationally is a must read for all scholars working in this field, whatever the discipline. * British Journal of Sociology *

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