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Multicultural CitizenshipA Liberal Theory of Minority Rights$
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Will Kymlicka

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198290919

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198290918.001.0001

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Individual Rights and Collective Rights

Individual Rights and Collective Rights

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(p.34) Chapter 3 Individual Rights and Collective Rights
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Multicultural Citizenship
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Will Kymlicka (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198290918.003.0003

Investigates the connection between collective rights and individual rights, and challenges the liberal hypothesis that there is an inherent conflict between the two. It argues the need to distinguish between two meanings of ‘collective rights’, which can refer either to the right of a group to limit the liberties of members in the interest of group solidarity or purity (internal restrictions), or the right of a group to limit the powers of a majority to curtail the interests of minorities (external protections). It argues that the latter need not conflict with individual liberty, and indeed that what distinguishes a liberal theory of minority rights is precisely that it accepts some external protections for ethnic groups and national minorities while being very sceptical of internal restrictions.

Keywords:   collective rights, individual rights, minority rights

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