Political theorists sometimes speak of different generations of rights. One such generation, the rights of our time, of the last twenty years or so, are ‘solidarity’ rights, including most prominently group rights. A people, a nation, a race, an ethnic or cultural or linguistic or religious group are now often said to have rights. Group rights are supposed not to be reducible to the individual rights of their members. They are supposed to be rights that groups have as groups. The appearance of group rights is part of a widespread modern movement to make the discourse of rights do most of the important work in ethics, which it was neither designed to do nor should now be made to do. This chapter also discusses the concept of group goods, human rights, Joseph Raz's views on group rights, the case for group rights based on considerations of justice, and exclusion and reduction of group rights.
Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.