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Multikulturalna kritika liberalnog univerzalizma i odbrana manjinskih prava
Multicultural Critique of Liberal Universalism and Defense of Minority Rights

Author(s): Elma Huruz Memović
Subject(s): Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Civil Society
Published by: Fakultet političkih nauka - Univerzitet Crne Gore
Keywords: multiculturalism; liberalism; minority rights; universal citizenship; recognition; stability

Summary/Abstract: Liberal theorists attitudes about rights of minority cultures have been very different so far. The main point of dispute between the egalitarian liberals and multiculturalists is the role of government in protecting minority communities. While one group of theorists argued that the liberal commitment to universal rights and the concept of universal citizenship excludes acceptance of group - differentiated rights, others have expressed their willingness to accept the legal recognition of minority cultures and their rights. Modern liberal theory holds that the state must comply with the principle of neutrality by ignoring all differences among citizens, including individual, national and religious affiliation, economic status, etc. Model of civic nationality (citizenship) should contribute to it, which implies the right and duty of citizens to assume the same rights and obligations in relation to the state. Some of the questions that we’ll open in this text are: how does the recognition of the rights of minorities and securing group-differentiated rights may affect the virtues and practices of democratic citizenship? Could the recognition of minority communities undermine the unity and stability of the wider political community?

  • Issue Year: 3/2014
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 77-88
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Bosnian