Identity Politics in the Public Realm

Bringing Institutions Back In

Edited by Avigail Eisenberg and Will Kymlicka

  • Published: 2011. Paperback 2012
  • Subject Listing: History
  • Bibliographic information: 288 pp., 5 tables, 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: US rights only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
  • Contents

In an age of multiculturalism and identity politics, many minority groups seek some form of official recognition or public accommodation of their identity. But can public institutions accurately recognize or accommodate something as subjective and dynamic as "identity?" Avigail Eisenberg and Will Kymlicka lead a distinguished team of scholars who explore state responses to identity claims worldwide. Their case studies focus on key issues where identity is central to public policy. By illuminating both the risks and opportunities of institutional responses to diversity, this volume shows that public institutions can either enhance or distort the benefits of identity politics.
Avigail Eisenberg is a professor of political science at the University of Victoria. Will Kymlicka is the Canada Research Chair in Political Philosophy at Queen's University Contributors: Victor Armony, Lori G. Beaman, Bruce, J. Berman, Juliet Hooker, Villia Jefremovas, André Laliberté, Eléonore, Lépinard, Jocelyn Maclure, Melissa Nobles, Padmapani L. Perez

1 Bringing Institutions Back In: How Public Institutions Assess
Identity / Avigail Eisenberg and Will Kymlicka

2 The Challenge of Census Categorization in the Post-Civil
Rights Era / Melissa Nobles

3 Knowledge and the Politics of Ethnic Identity and Belonging in
Colonial and Postcolonial States / Bruce J. Berman

4 Defining Indigeneity: Representation and the Indigenous
Peoples' Rights Act of 1997 in the Philippines / Villia
Jefremovas and Padmapani L. Perez

5 Indigenous Rights in Latin America: How to Classify
Afro-Descendants? / Juliet Hooker

6 Domestic and International Norms for Assessing Indigenous Identity
/ Avigail Eisenberg

7 The Challenge of Naming the Other in Latin America / Victor

8 From Immigrants to Muslims: Shifting Categories of the French
Model of Integration / Elpinard

9 Beliefs and Religion: Categorizing Cultural Distinctions among
East Asians / Andr

10 Assessing Religious Identity in Law: Sincerity, Accommodation,
and Harm / Lori G. Beaman

11 Reasonable Accommodations and the Subjective Conception of
Freedom of Conscience and Religion / Jocelyn Maclure