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David Miller

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198293569

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198293569.001.0001

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Nationality and Cultural Pluralism

Nationality and Cultural Pluralism

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On Nationality

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The principle of nationality defended in this book is contrasted with conservative nationalism on one side and radical multiculturalism on the other. Conservative nationalists treat national identities as rigid and authoritative, and therefore resist the changes in identity that immigration, for example, requires. Radical multiculturalists support the political expression of group identity, but fail to see how a secure sense of national identity can benefit minority groups. It is a defensible aim of public policy to integrate groups into such an identity, in particular, through the education system. Cultural minorities can legitimately demand equal treatment, but special rights for such groups are in general unjustified.

Keywords:   conservatism, education, ethnicity, group identity, group rights, integration, multiculturalism, national identity, Roger Roger Scruton, Iris Marion Young

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