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Managing Diversity

Practices of Citizenship

Edited by Linda Cardinal and Nicholas Brown

Publication Year: 2007

Australia, Canada, and Ireland are all engaged in questions of multiculturalism and in the politics of recognition and reconciliation, the opportunities and pressures of geographic regionalism, shifts in political agendas associated with the impact of neo-liberalism, and moves to frame political agendas less at the macro-level of state intervention and more at the level of community partnership and empowerment. In related but distinct ways, each state is being challenged to devise policies and offer outcomes that address an unfolding and unsteady synthesis of issues relating to citizenship, the role of nation-states in a 'borderless' world, and the management of economic change while preserving an enabling sense of national identity and social cohesion. Analyzing issues ranging from urban planning and the provision of broadcasting services for minority languages, to principled debates over basic rights and entitlements, these essays offer penetrating summaries of each political culture while also prompting comparative reflection on the broad theme of "democracy and difference."

Published by: University of Ottawa Press

Series: Governance Series

Table of Contents

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pp. 1-15

In 1996 Seyla Benhabib introduced a collection of essays on the theme of “democracy and difference” with the following proposition (Benhabib 1996, 4-5):
the institutions and culture of liberal democracies are sufficiently complex, supple and decentered so as to allow the expression of difference without fracturing the identity of the body politic or subverting existing forms of political sovereignty. ...

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Chapter 1: National Identity and Global Migration: Listening to the “Pariahs”

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pp. 17-35

Returning to Dublin in 2004 after fifty years away, I expected that when I walked past Bewley’s Oriental Café the smell of coffee would evoke an almost Proustian recollection in me. As a child I lived for a time just near the Bagot Street Bridge. ...

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Chapter 2: Citizenship, Statehood, and Allegiance

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pp. 37-67

The concept of citizenship has undergone a phenomenal transformation in the past twenty years. Notwithstanding T. H. Marshall’s (1950) postwar analysis of the social and economic inequalities resulting predominantly employed in defence of conservative and conformist values until the 1980s. ...

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Chapter 3: Bounded Citizenship and the Meaning of Citizenship Laws: Ireland’s Citizenship Referendum

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pp. 69-94

On June 11, 2004, during the week in which Dublin celebrated the centenary of James Joyce’s Bloomsday, a large majority voting in a referendum in the Republic of Ireland approved the Twenty- seventh Amendment to the Constitution, which qualified the right to citizenship according to ius soli, birth on the island of Ireland. ...

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Chapter 4: Federalism and the Politics of Diversity: The Canadian Experience

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pp. 95-114

The challenges associated with the management of diversity in Canada touch a variety of intellectual traditions and disciplines. The notion that pluralism has come to challenge the privileged place of national identity as the legitimate order of contemporary liberal-democratic political communities is a subject of debate within and...

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Chapter 5: City States and Cityscapes in Canada: The Politics and Culture of Canadian Urban Diversity

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pp. 115-135

This chapter develops an argument based on the link between Canada’s growing urban diversity and the movement for increased municipal autonomy on the part of the largest Canadian cities. Urban politics and urban culture are intimately connected, and, along with the obvious and visible economic dimension to the call for increased autonomy for Canada’s largest cities, ...

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Chapter 6: Mediating Diversity: Identity, Language, and Protest in Ireland, Scotland, and Wales

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pp. 137-164

European national broadcasters have historically operated in political and cultural contexts where constructions of national identity and the related symbolic significance of national languages are heavily embedded in the structure and output of national services, such as the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in the United Kingdom...

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Chapter 7: Howard’s Way or Deane’s Way: Culture Wars in Contemporary Australia

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pp. 165-184

Over the past ten years at least, a period largely defined by the prime ministership of John Howard, but arguably extending back through twenty years of pronounced economic change and social uncertainty, over that most slippery of terms, “national identity.” ...

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Chapter 8: Conclusion: Managing Diversity in a Post-Nationalist World

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pp. 185-208

From multiculturalism to interculturalism; from multinationalism to plurinationalism; from diversity as an afterthought to making its management a core task of contemporary politics; from identity as the politics of difference and recognition to a process of civic integration determining political entitlements, access, and regulation; from...

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pp. 209-212


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pp. 213-224

E-ISBN-13: 9780776617725
E-ISBN-10: 0776617729
Print-ISBN-13: 9780776606545
Print-ISBN-10: 0776606549

Page Count: 232
Publication Year: 2007

Series Title: Governance Series