Minority Rights

Minority Rights : Between Diversity and Community

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In this path-breaking book, Jackson Preece analyses whether traditional minority rights theory is sufficiently dynamic to inform effective responses to modern challenges.
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  • Paperback | 196 pages
  • 146 x 214 x 13mm | 308g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745623964
  • 9780745623962
  • 450,532

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The question of minority rights is one of the great dilemmas ofcontemporary politics. Increases in the flow of immigrants, migrants and refugees have raised public concerns that greatercultural and ethnic diversity creates instability withinnation-states. But does stability really require homogeneity? Orcan it be maintained in the presence of different minority groups?

In this path-breaking book, Jackson Preece analyses whethertraditional minority rights theory is sufficiently dynamic toinform effective responses to modern challenges. The centralpremise behind minority rights is that groups recognized andsupported by the political community are far less likely tochallenge its authority or threaten its territorial integrity.However, as Jackson Preece shows, the potential for collisions ofvalues and interests still exists, and the possibility of apermanent solution to the problem of diversity remainsillusive.

Minority Rights will be an indispensable resource forstudents and scholars of political science, internationalrelations, law, and sociology.
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Table of contents

Preface. List of Abbreviations. 1. Understanding the 'Problem Minorities. 2. Religion. 3. Race. 4. Language. 5. Ethnicity. 6. Beyond the 'Problem of Minorities'?. Appendix A: Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging. to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities. Appendix B: Selected Documents. References. Index.
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'This is an important book. At a time when western societies are becoming increasingly polarised between those who urge the virtues of milticulturalism and those who fear that our values are being undermined and our security threatened by the presence of minorities, we badly need a careful and clear-headed appraisal of minority rights and the dilemmas that they pose. Jennifer Jackson Preece is to be congratulated on providing us with just such an account.' James Mayall, University of Cambridge
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About Jennifer Jackson Preece

Jennifer Jackson-Preece is Lecturer in Nationalism in Europe at the European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science.
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