Strange Multiplicity: Constitutionalism in an Age of Diversity

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The first John Robert Seeley lectures, given by James Tully in 1994, address the six types of demands for cultural recognition that constitute the most intractable conflicts of the present age: supranational associations, nationalism and federalism, linguistic and ethnic minorities, feminism, multiculturalism and Aboriginal self government. Neither the prevailing schools of modern Western constitutionalism nor post-modern constitutionalism provide a just way of adjudicating such diverse claims to recognition ...
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Cambridge, England 1995 Hard cover Very good in very good dust jacket. Ex-library. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 271 p. Contains: Illustrations. John Robert Seeley Lectures. ... Audience: General/trade. Usual library labels, stamps and pocket. Clean tight copy. Read more Show Less

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The first John Robert Seeley lectures, given by James Tully in 1994, address the six types of demands for cultural recognition that constitute the most intractable conflicts of the present age: supranational associations, nationalism and federalism, linguistic and ethnic minorities, feminism, multiculturalism and Aboriginal self government. Neither the prevailing schools of modern Western constitutionalism nor post-modern constitutionalism provide a just way of adjudicating such diverse claims to recognition because they rest on untenable assumptions inherited from the age of European imperialism. However, by means of a historical and critical survey of four hundred years of European and non-European constitutionalism, with special attention to the American Aboriginal peoples, Tully develops a post-imperial philosophy and practice of constitutionalism. This consists in the conciliation of claims for recognition over time through constitutional dialogues in which citizens reach agreements on appropriate forms of accommodation of their cultural differences, guided by common constitutional conventions. This form of constitutionalism has the capacity to mediate contemporary conflicts and bring peace to the twenty-first century.
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"James Tully's questioning of 'our' received view of constitutionalism is long overdue, and the alternatives and corrections he suggests to simple, unified sovereignty notions are worth very serious consideration indeed, both by scholars and by politicians. Now that the fact of constitutional diversity within established states is no longer occluded, no longer can be, and the whole idea of the unitary 'nation-state' is coming under some question, such reconsiderations of the constitutional tradition we have inherited are most necessary. This is an important book, both in what it criticises and in what it proposes. It will stimulate, I am sure, a very useful discussion about a very pressing issue." Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
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  • ISBN-13: 9780521471176
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1995
  • Series: Seeley Lectures Series
  • Pages: 271
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Illustration: 'The spirit of Haida Gwaii'
1 Demands for constitutional recognition 1
2 Diversity and contemporary constitutionalism 30
3 The historical formation of modern constitutionalism: the empire of uniformity 58
4 The historical formation of common constitutionalism: the rediscovery of cultural diversity, part I 99
5 The historical formation of common constitutionalism: the rediscovery of cultural diversity, part II 140
6 Constitutionalism in an age of cultural diversity 183
Notes 213
Guide to further reading 223
Bibliography 226
Index 246
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