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Reasons of IdentityA Normative Guide to the Political and Legal Assessment of Identity Claims$
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Avigail Eisenberg

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199291304

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291304.001.0001

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Conclusion: Reasons of Identity

Conclusion: Reasons of Identity

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(p.139) 7 Conclusion: Reasons of Identity
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Reasons of Identity
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Avigail Eisenberg

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291304.003.0007

Reasons of identity are discernable normative considerations that are amenable to public examination and assessment. They are neither the only kind of reason nor, in all cases, the most important reason to justify a group's entitlement. Identity claims are not claims which aim to preserve cultural traditions and to privilege conservative elites. They can be transformative both of minorities and of the status quo in the broader community. The identity approach does not provide an algorithm for decision makers to sort out conflicts. Rather, the approach organizes the most important concerns related to identity claims. It provides decision makers with guidance to ensure their assessments are systematic, that they have considered all relevant considerations, that they are critically aware of the challenges that some of the conditions present, and that they understand how these challenges can be met.

Keywords:   traditions, elites, transformative, reason of identity

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