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Intercultural Deliberation and the Politics of Minority Rights

Achieving socio-political cohesion in a community with significant ethnic, cultural, and religious diversity is a challenge in contemporary liberal democracies. Public policies and institutions shaped by the needs of the majority can inadvertently marginalize minority interests. Intercultural Deliberation and the Politics of Minority Rights articulates a type of political deliberation designed to mitigate this problem. Instead of asking what the liberal state can tolerate, R.E. Lowe-Walker asks how our understanding of difference affects our interpretation of minority claims, shifting the focus toward inclusive deliberations. This important work serves as a measure of social justice and a vehicle for social change.

236 pages


Table of Contents

Introduction

Part 1: The Politics of Paradox: A Perennial Problem

1 Cultural Difference and the Minority Rights Paradox

2 Liberal and Non-Liberal Worldviews

Part 2: Intercultural Deliberation: An Innovative Approach

3 Deliberating Difference

4 Public Reason

5 Political Identity

6 Intercultural Deliberation and the Minority Rights Paradox

Conclusion

Notes; Bibliography; Index

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