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Latin America's Multicultural MovementsThe Struggle Between Communitarianism, Autonomy, and Human Rights$
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Todd A. Eisenstadt, Michael S. Danielson, Moises Jaime Bailon Corres, and Carlos Sorroza Polo

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199936267

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199936267.001.0001

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Balancing tensions between communitarian and individual rights and the challenges they present for multicultural states

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Latin America's Multicultural Movements

Willibald Sonnleitner

Todd A. Eisenstadt

Oxford University Press

This last chapter underscores the complexity of struggles between communitarian politics and individual rights, and relations between minority groups and the state. It considers three cases tried recently in Mexico’s Federal Electoral Court, seeking to add multicultural dimensions to their interpretations of justice. The cases relate to the implementation of citizen rights under Oaxaca’s customary law system but are also relevant to the debate over implementation of multicultural reforms in Latin America. The authors conclude that the minority status of indigenous peoples and communities in Latin America does justify their access to mechanisms which allow them to expand their economic, social, cultural, political and electoral rights. But consistent with this fundamental principle of justice, it is equally important to respect human rights and universal participation, effective representation and inclusion of minorities within communities. Finding this balance may be difficult, but viewing the issue from this perspective offers a sound beginning.

Keywords:   multicultural, indigenous peoples, customary law, human rights, individual rights, communitarian politics, Mexico’s Federal Electoral Court, Oaxaca, Latin America

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