Strange Multiplicity: Constitutionalism in an Age of Diversity / Edition 1

Strange Multiplicity: Constitutionalism in an Age of Diversity / Edition 1

by James Tully
     
 

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… See more details below

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521476942
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2010
Series:
Seeley Lectures Series, #1
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Illustration: 'The spirit of Haida Gwaii'
1Demands for constitutional recognition1
2Diversity and contemporary constitutionalism30
3The historical formation of modern constitutionalism: the empire of uniformity58
4The historical formation of common constitutionalism: the rediscovery of cultural diversity, part I99
5The historical formation of common constitutionalism: the rediscovery of cultural diversity, part II140
6Constitutionalism in an age of cultural diversity183
Notes213
Guide to further reading223
Bibliography226
Index246

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