The cultural defense of nations : a liberal theory of majority rights / Liav Orgad.
By: Orgad, Liʼav [author.].Material type: BookSeries: Oxford constitutional theory: Publisher: Oxford, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2015Description: xxii, 273 pages ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780199668687.Subject(s): Emigration and immigration | Immigrants -- Cultural assimilationOnline resources: Contributor biographical information | Publisher description | Table of contents only
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-265) and indexes.
Introduction: citizen makers -- Part I: Before the Majority Becomes the Minority -- New challenge -- Demographic anxiety -- Cultural defense -- Part II: Legitimate and Illegitimate Defense -- Illiberal liberalism -- Majority rights -- National constitutionalism -- Conclusion: immigration policy and constitutional identity.
Addressing one of the greatest challenges facing liberalism today, this book asks if is it legally and morally defensible for a liberal state to restrict immigration in order to preserve the cultural rights of majority groups. Orgad proposes a liberal approach to this dilemma and explores its dimensions, justifications, and limitations.
"The changing patterns of contemporary immigration have initiated a new form of majority nationalism. In recent years, liberal democracies have introduced immigration and citizenship policies that are designed to defend the majority culture. This trend is fed by fears of immigration-some justified, some paranoid-which explain the rise of extreme right-wing parties in the West. Liberal theory and human rights law seem to be out of sync with these developments. While they recognize the rights of minority groups to maintain their cultural identity, it is typically assumed that majority groups have neither a need for similar rights nor a moral basis for defending them. The majority culture, so the argument goes, "can take care of itself." This singular book shifts the focus from the prevailing discussion of minority rights and, for the first time, directly addresses the cultural rights of majorities. The findings reveal a troubling trend in liberal democracies, which, ironically, in order to protect liberal values, violate the very same values. The book criticizes this state of affairs and presents a liberal theory of cultural defense that distinguishes between justifiable and unjustifiable attempts by majorities to protect their cultural essentials. It formulates liberal standards by which liberal states can welcome immigrants without fundamentally changing their cultural heritage, forsaking their liberal traditions, or slipping into extreme nationalism." -- Publisher's website.
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