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Human Affairs

Postdisciplinary Humanities & Social Sciences Quarterly

Editor-in-Chief: Višnovský, Emil

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Volume 21, Issue 2


A critical response to Will Kymlicka´s view of multiculturalism

A. Anwarullah Bhuiyan
Published Online: 2011-06-16 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s13374-011-0015-7


The objective of this article is to consider how multiculturalism, minority rights, and nationbuilding have been defended by Will Kymlicka. For this purpose, I will first attempt to spell out the answers to the following questions: is it possible to defend minority rights in a liberal state? What is the problem regarding this defence of national minorities? Does anybody benefit from minority rights within a nationbuilding process? In order to find out the answer to these questions, I will first introduce the main line of thought found in Will Kymlicka’s views on the defence of the rights of national minorities, the nationbuilding process, and multiculturalism. Later, I will reassess the views of Kymlicka in finding the ways to defend national minorities with the aim of providing support to the minority cultures.

Keywords: multiculturalism; national minority; minority rights; societal culture; nation-building; Heraclitean pluralism

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Published Online: 2011-06-16

Published in Print: 2011-06-01

Citation Information: Human Affairs, Volume 21, Issue 2, Pages 129–139, ISSN (Online) 1337-401X, ISSN (Print) 1210-3055, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s13374-011-0015-7.

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