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Accommodating Cultural Diversity

1st Edition

Edited by Stephen Tierney


256 pages

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This volume explores recent developments in the theory and practice of accommodating cultural diversity within democratic constitutional orders. The aim of the book is to provide a broad vision of the constitutional management of cultural diversity as seen through the prisms of different disciplines and experiences, both theoretical and practical. The contributions, which come from Canada and Europe, comprise a review of the evolving theory of cultural diversity, followed by two main case studies: a substantive study of the accommodation of indigenous peoples within different constitutional orders and, secondly, the importance of constitutional interpretation to the development of cultural diversity in complex pluralist democracies such as Australia, Canada and the UK.


'There is hardly a more pressing question nor a more difficult one for constitutional law than the accommodation of different cultural traditions within the same polity. This collection of essays, with a distinctly Canadian focus to it, contributes both theoretical analysis and practical experience towards an understanding of how entrenched difference may be approached. Some of the essays are genuine heavyweight discussion and, as a whole, the writers do not give up on the possibility of obtaining workable and just solutions to the most intractable of problems.' Colin Warbrick, Birmingham University 'This is an excellent collection, one of the very best in recent years to examine the legal problems of multiculturalism. The text is self-consciously both 'local' and 'cosmopolitan'. It draws heavily on Canada as perhaps the most fertile source of the theory and practice of legal multiculturalism in recent years. But it also broadens its horizons to make a fine contribution to the debate on multiculturalism in general. It should figure high on the reading list of anyone interested in what is destined to be the key constiutional question of the new century.' Neil Walker, European University Institute, Florence

Table of Contents

Contents: Foreword, The Honourable Justice Michel Bastarache; Cultural diversity: normative theory and constitutional practice, Stephen Tierney. Part I The Evolving Theory of Cultural Diversity: The global diffusion of multiculturalism: trends, causes, consequences, Will Kymlicka; Towards a hybrid theory of multinational justice, Helder de Schutter; Putting Kymlicka in perspective: Canadian diversity and collective rights, Dwight Newman. Part II Institutional Accommodation in Theory and Practice: The Case of Aboriginal Peoples: Reasoning about the identity of Aboriginal people, Avigail Eisenberg; Self-government in Canada: a successful model for the decolonization of Aboriginal child welfare? Sonia Harris-Short; Cultural pluralism and the return of cultural heritage, Kathryn Last. Part III Diversity and Constitutional Interpretation: The reasonable person and the discrimination inquiry, Mayo Moran; Quebec and the amending formula: protection, promotion and federalism, Peter C. Oliver; Understanding the rule of law in Canada, Warren Newman; Index.

About the Editor

Stephen Tierney is Reader in Law at the University of Edinburgh, UK.

About the Series

Applied Legal Philosophy

Applied Legal Philosophy
The principal objective of this series is to encourage the publication of books which adopt a theoretical approach to the study of particular areas or aspects of law, or deal with general theories of law in a way which is directed at issues of practical, moral and political concern in specific legal contexts. The general approach is both analytical and critical and relates to the socio-political background of law reform issues. This series includes studies of all the main areas of law, presented in a manner which relates to the concerns of specialist legal academics and practitioners. Each book makes an original contribution to an area of legal study while being comprehensible to those engaged in a wide variety of disciplines. Their legal content is principally Anglo-American, but a wide-ranging comparative approach is encouraged and authors are drawn from a variety of jurisdictions.

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