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Living Together as EqualsThe Demands of Citizenship$
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Andrew Mason

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199606245

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199606245.001.0001

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A Duty to Integrate?

A Duty to Integrate?

(p.169) 7 A Duty to Integrate?
Living Together as Equals

Andrew Mason

Oxford University Press

It is sometimes held that immigrants have a duty to integrate because social or community cohesion is vital for the stability of a society. From the perspective of the justice account, this duty is most plausibly grounded in a duty to support just institutions. If the achievement and stability of reasonably just institutions depends upon social cohesion, and social cohesion depends upon integration, then there would be a potential basis for the idea that citizens are under a duty to integrate. The equal membership account provides a different perspective on these issues. It may suppose that lack of integration, or different cultural groups leading ‘parallel lives’, results from the failure of citizens to treat each other as equals, often as a result of racial prejudice which lies behind choices which, even if they are not unjust, leads to a separation between different groups.

Keywords:   citizenship, immigrants, integration, social cohesion, community cohesion, national identity, prejudice, assimilation, parallel lives

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