‘Multiculturalism’ and ‘minority’ rights
‘Multiculturalism’ and ‘minority’ rights are used broadly to refer
to these groups and their claims.
In every western democracy there are 3 kinds of hierarchies:
Economic Hierarchy: one’s position is determined by one’s
relationship to the market. This is what a common rights
citizenship is supposed to correct.
Struggles against this generate a politics of economic
Status Hierarchy: better to be white than black, male then female,
Christian than Jew, straight then gay, etc.
3 Types of groups:
1.Indegenious peoples: first nations
2.Historic/regional/linguistic minorities: e.g. the Quebecois
3.Immigrant groups: newly immigrated and left behind families,
etc., who arrive under some immigration policy.
(Special other cases: African Americans, Hutterites/Amish, and
The commitment to individual autonomy is deep and wide in
modern societies, so, how should we best construe liberalisme.g.
Should it include language rights protection? Liberal Culturalism: we can justi