Towards the Rehabilitation of ‘Nation-Building’ and the Reconstruction of Nations

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The discourse surrounding multi-culturalism has focused attention on a central institution of democracy, namely, citizenship. In the light of centuries of racial and gender discrimination in such bastions of democracy as the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, so-called cultural pluralists have suggested a reconceptualization of the institution of citizenship, and its capacity as a mechanism of integration.1 They propose that democratic society incorporate individuals on a group basis in addition to the individual basis, and that the state recognize collective cultural rights. In effect, this notion challenges the hegemony of the classic liberal notion of an individualistically based political community.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEthnic Challenges to the Modern Nation State
EditorsShlomo Ben-Ami, Yoav Peled, Alberto Spektorowski
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan UK
Number of pages23
ISBN (Print)978-0-333-97730-9
StatePublished - 2000


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