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Identity Politics in the Public Realm

Bringing Institutions Back In

edited by Avigail Eisenberg & Will Kymlicka

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published: 2012
publisher: UBC Press

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.

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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

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