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This book contributes to contemporary debates about multiculturalism and democratic theory by reflecting upon the ways in which claims about culture and identity are actually advanced by immigrants, national minorities, aboriginals and other groups in a number of different societies. Carens advocates a contextual approach to theory that explores the implications of theoretical views for actual cases, reflects on the normative principles embedded in practice, and takes account of the ways in which differences between societies matter. He argues that this sort of contextual approach will show why the conventional liberal understanding of justice as neutrality needs to be supplemented by a conception of justice as evenhandedness and why the conventional conception of citizenship is an intellectual and moral prison from which we can be liberated by an understanding of citizenship that is more open to multiplicity and that grows out of practices we judge to be just and beneficial.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780198297680
ISBN-10: 0198297688
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 156mm x 17mm)
Pages: 296
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 9-Mar-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Joseph H. Carens

Joseph Carens is Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto.

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