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The Cultural Defense of NationsA Liberal Theory of Majority Rights$
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Liav Orgad

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199668687

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199668687.001.0001

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Majority Rights

Majority Rights

(p.167) 5 Majority Rights
The Cultural Defense of Nations

Liav Orgad

Oxford University Press

This chapter advocates the recognition of a new concept, “majority groups”; claims that, under certain circumstances, majorities have an interest in protecting their “cultural rights”; and provides liberal justifications for defending the majority culture in the immigration context. The chapter examines three concepts of majorities—an ethno—cultural majority, a sociological majority, and an idea—based majority. It presents four paradigmatic cases in which majorities may need protection in the immigration context—diminishing majorities, regional—minority majorities, victimized majorities, and minoritized majorities; and offers two justifications for cultural majority rights—personal autonomy and the right to identity. On the whole, the purpose of the chapter is to bring to the fore a few cases in which majorities may be in need of protection in the immigration context and provide a primary framework for analyzing them.

Keywords:   majority groups, majority rights, majority culture, self—determination, peoples, minority rights

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