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Reasons of Identity: A Normative Guide to the Political and Legal Assessment of Identity Claims

Avigail Eisenberg


The current legal and political context is perhaps more congenial than ever before to considering claims made by minorities for the protection of some aspect of their identity. This book argues that multicultural societies depend for their success on having courts and legislatures which are capable of assessing these identity claims in a fair and transparent manner. Identity claims appeal to distinctive and important features of an individual's or group's identity. Despite the ubiquity of identity claims before public institutions, how decision makers assess these claims and the identities of ... More

Keywords: identity, multiculturalism, minorities, Indigenous peoples, identity claims, public institutions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199291304
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291304.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Avigail Eisenberg, author
Associate Professor, Political Science, University of Victoria.