Type: Contribution to book
Are there any cultural majority rights?
Liav ORGAD and Ruud KOOPMANS (eds), Majorities, minorities, and the future of nationhood, Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2022, pp. 35-61
BAUBÖCK, Rainer, Are there any cultural majority rights?, in Liav ORGAD and Ruud KOOPMANS (eds), Majorities, minorities, and the future of nationhood, Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2022, pp. 35-61 - https://hdl.handle.net/1814/75278
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Multiculturalism has been turned upside down. Stated in the 1990s as a political theory and public policy of cultural minority rights, its language of cultural victimhood, oppression, and alienation has been hijacked by politicians speaking on behalf of national majorities. Some scholars have argued that liberal arguments for cultural group rights must apply to majorities as well as to minorities. I object that the notion of cultural majority rights is incoherent on empirical and conceptual grounds, and indefensible on normative grounds. The chapter suggests an alternative approach that relies on the core values of freedom, equality, and self-government. These values serve to justify cultural freedom rights for everybody, cultural rights for minorities, and powers and duties to establish a pluralistic public culture that includes all citizens. I claim that this framework covers all cultural rights that can be defended on grounds of liberal and democratic principles. There is no space left for special rights of cultural majorities.
Cadmus permanent link: https://hdl.handle.net/1814/75278
Full-text via DOI: 10.1017/9781009233378.003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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