In Defence of Geo-Cultural Identity: An Argument Against Kymlicka's View of Multiculturalism and Minority Rights

CEU Political Science Journal, vol. 8, no. 4, 2013, 405-426

22 Pages Posted: 8 Apr 2014

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

Cultural diversity often appears as a basic phenomenon in the contemporary globalized world. People who are culturally marginalized often claim various rights, such as language rights, rights of territorial autonomy, immigration rights, and environmental rights. Conflicts between majorities and minorities are therefore likely, and have indeed caused deadly violence all over the world. Will Kymlicka argues for a new liberal approach to resolve these issues in multicultural politics. He believes that a comprehensive theory of justice in multiculturalism should include universal human rights as well as certain “group-differentiated rights” for minorities. His arguments for group-differentiated rights, as he calls them, are founded upon on equality-based argument, history-based argument, and cultural diversity argument. This paper critically examines Kymlicka’s view of multiculturalism and minority rights, and explores some of his main critiques. It argues that while culture is important for individuals, multiculturalism should rest on the values of cultural diversity and geo-cultural identity.

Keywords: cultural diversity, geo-cultural identity, minority rights, multiculturalism

Suggested Citation

Talukder, Md. Munir Hossain, In Defence of Geo-Cultural Identity: An Argument Against Kymlicka's View of Multiculturalism and Minority Rights (2013). CEU Political Science Journal, vol. 8, no. 4, 2013, 405-426. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2422274 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2422274

Md. Munir Hossain Talukder (Contact Author)

Jahangirnagar University ( email )

Savar
Social Science Faculty, Savar
Dhaka, Dhaka 1342
Bangladesh

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