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Debating Multiculturalism: Should There be Minority Rights?

Patti Tamara Lenard and Peter Balint


Multiculturalism has been subject to backlashes across democratic states. These voices argue that after years of accommodation, minorities have failed to integrate and ought to be encouraged more forcefully to abandon norms and values that are in tension with those of their broader society. In this context, Debating Multiculturalism brings together two prominent scholars of the political theory of multiculturalism. Both agree with the need for minority accommodation in liberal democracies, but disagree on the pathway forward. Patti Tamara Lenard argues that multiculturalism must be robustly de ... More

Keywords: multiculturalism, political inclusion, cultural accommodation, minority rights, neutrality, solidarity, toleration, culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2022 Print ISBN-13: 9780197528372
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2022 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197528372.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patti Tamara Lenard, author
Professor of Applied Ethics, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa

Peter Balint, author
Senior Lecturer in International & Political Studies, UNSW Canberra