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Democracy and Human Rights in Multicultural Societies

1st Edition

By Paul de Guchteneire

Edited by Matthias Koenig


326 pages

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Published in association with UNESCO, Democracy and Human Rights in Multicultural Societies examines the political governance of cultural diversity, specifically how public policy-making has dealt with the claims for cultural recognition that have increasingly been expressed by ethno-national movements, language groups, religious minorities, indigenous peoples and migrant communities. Its principle aim is to understand, explain and assess public-policy responses to ethnic, linguistic and religious diversity. Adopting interdisciplinary perspectives of comparative social sciences, the contributors address the conditions, forms, and consequences of democratic and human-rights-based governance of multi-ethnic, multi-lingual and multi-faith societies.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface, UNESCO; Introduction: Political governance of cultural diversity, Matthias Koenig and Paul de Guchteneire. Part I Ethno-national Movements: Nationalism, ethnic conflict and democratic governance, Juan Díez-Medrano; Constitutional and governmental policies towards Basque nationalist extremism, Enric Martínez-Herrera; Conflict management in Northern Ireland, Stefan Wolff; The decline of the PKK and the viability of a one-state solution in Turkey, Matthew Adam Kocher. Part II Linguistic Diversity: Linguistic rights as an integral part of human rights - a legal perspective, Fernand de Varennes; Protecting linguistic minorities - the role of the OSCE, Sally Holt and John Packer; Language legislation in the Baltic states, Boris Cilevics; Language rights in South Africa: an adequate level of minority protection?, Kristin Henrard; The impact of language policy on endangered languages, Suzanne Romaine. Part III Religious Diversity: The resurgence of religious movements in the processes of globalization - beyond the end of history or the clash of civilizations, Shmuel N. Eisenstadt; Modes of religious pluralism under conditions of globalization, Ole Riis; Prison chaplaincy in England and Wales - from Anglican brokerage to a multi-faith approach, James A. Beckford; The challenges of religious pluralism in post-Soviet Russia, Kathy Rousselet; Index.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Human Rights