Minorities and the National Ethos

Politics: 2009 Vol 29(2), 100-110

11 Pages Posted: 15 Feb 2016

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Amitai Etzioni

The George Washington University

Date Written: 2009


This essay focuses on the question of how to curb the tension between the rights of members of minorities and the particularistic values of the national community. The essay first examines a radical multicultural treatment of this issue and shows it to be unattainable and inadvisable. The essay then proposes an alternative treatment, Diversity Within Unity, a societal design that com- bines the nurturing communities of minorities and of the majority and is more conducive to human flourishing. Diversity Within Unity assumes that all citizens will embrace a core of values while being welcomed to follow their own subcultures on other matters

Suggested Citation

Etzioni, Amitai, Minorities and the National Ethos (2009). Politics: 2009 Vol 29(2), 100-110. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2731879

Amitai Etzioni (Contact Author)

The George Washington University ( email )

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Washington, DC 20037
United States

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