Can Liberal Pluralism Be Exported?: Western Political Theory by Will Kymlicka

By Will Kymlicka

Many post-communist international locations in Central/Eastern Europe and the previous Soviet Union are being inspired, certainly careworn, by means of Western nations to enhance their remedy of ethnic and nationwide minorities and to undertake Western versions of minority rights. yet what are those Western versions? Will they paintings in jap Europe? the following, Will Kymlicka describes a version of Western "liberal pluralism," discussing what will be eager about adopting it within the East. this is often by means of commentaries from activists occupied with minority rights' matters, either as practitioners and as teachers, and Kymlicka's replies to their analyses. bound to curiosity somebody eager about ethnic clash, this quantity will spark dialogue between all these suffering over the query of no matter if Western liberal values can or will be promoted within the remainder of the area.

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Just as immigrant citizens are expected to make a new home in the receiving country, so the receiving country must make them feel at home. I need to stress again that I am discussing the sort of multiculturalism that is sought by immigrant citizens. 4 below. In my view, the vast majority of what is done under the heading of multiculturalism policy in Canada and Australia, not only at the federal level, but also at provincial and municipal levels, and indeed within school boards and private companies, can be defended as promoting fair terms of integration.

However, beginning in the 1970s, it was increasingly recognized that this assimilationist model is unrealistic, unnecessary, and unjust. It is unrealistic because no matter how much pressure to assimilate is applied, immigrants never fully lose their distinctive identities and practices. The 'melting pot' image was never accurate. Immigrants do indeed integrate into common institutions and learn the dominant language, but they remain visibly, and proudly, distinctive in their ethnic identities and attachments.

4 Decisions regarding official languages, core curriculum in education, and the requirements for acquiring citizenship, have all been made with the express intention of diffusing a particular culture throughout society, and of promoting a particular national identity based on participation in that societal culture. 5 Moreover, in some countries, these nation-building policies have 20 Western Political Theory and Ethnic Relations been strikingly successful in extending a common societal culture throughout the entire territory of the state.

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