Intercultural Deliberation and the Politics of Minority Rights

Intercultural Deliberation and the Politics of Minority Rights

by Ruth Lowe-Walker


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Achieving socio-political cohesion in a community with significant ethnic, cultural, and religious diversity is a challenge in contemporary liberal democracies. Public policies and institutions shaped by the needs of the majority can inadvertently marginalize minority interests. Intercultural Deliberation and the Politics of Minority Rights articulates a type of political deliberation designed to mitigate this problem. Instead of asking what the liberal state can tolerate, R. E. Lowe-Walker asks how our understanding of difference affects our interpretation of minority claims, shifting the focus toward inclusive deliberations. This important work serves as a measure of social justice and a vehicle for social change.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780774832854
Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
Publication date: 01/16/2019
Pages: 236
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Ruth Lowe-Walker lectures in social and political philosophy at the Okanagan campus of the University of British Columbia.

Table of Contents


Part 1: The Politics of Paradox: A Perennial Problem1. Cultural Difference and the Minority Rights Paradox2. Liberal and Non-Liberal Worldviews

Part 2: Intercultural Deliberation: An Innovative Approach3. Deliberating Difference4. Public Reason5. Political Identity6. Intercultural Deliberation and the Minority Rights Paradox


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