Multiculturalism and the Foundations of Meaningful Life
Reconciling Autonomy, Identity, and Community
Andrew M. Robinson
- Published: 2007
- Subject Listing: Political Science, Sociology
- Bibliographic information: 216 pp., 6" x 9"
- Territorial rights: U.S. rights only
- Distributed for: UBC Press
Theories of liberal multiculturalism seek to reconcile cultural rights with universal liberal principles. Some focus on individual autonomy; others emphasize communal identity. Andrew Robinson argues that liberal multiculturalism can be justified without privileging either. By appealing to the deeper value of meaningful life, he shows how autonomy and community are actually interdependent. He concludes by illustrating - with reference to national and ethnic minorities, indigenous peoples, and traditional communities - the policy principles that can be derived from this position.
An innovative account of the theory and practice of liberal multiculturalism, Multiculturalism and the Foundations of Meaningful Life will interest students, scholars, activists and policy makers working in areas of political theory, multiculturalism, indigenous peoples, and ethnic and religious minorities.
Andrew M. Robinson is an assistant professor of contemporary studies and political science at Wilfrid Laurier University.
"An important and original work on a pressing and difficult issue. Robinson cuts through the standard terms of the "liberal-multiculturalism" debate and reconfigures them in a way that will fundamentally change the debate. His book is like a breath of fresh air on the subject. " - Don Carmichael, co-author of Democracy, Rights and Well-Being in Canada
Part 1: Inspecting the Foundations
1. Why Return to Foundational Assumptions?
Part 2: The Foundations of Meaningful Life
2. Meaningful Life and the Conception of the Person
3. Justifying Cultural Accommodation: Identification, Communities, and Contexts of Value
4. Situated Autonomy and Socialization
Part 3: A Politics of Liberal Multiculturalism
5. Defining Communities and Justifying Accommodation
6. Designing Cultural Accommodation
7. State-Community Relations