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Political Science Conservatism & Liberalism

Multiculturalism and the Foundations of Meaningful Life

Reconciling Automony, Identity, and Community

by (author) Andrew M. Robinson

UBC Press
Initial publish date
Nov 2011
Conservatism & Liberalism, History & Theory, Constitutions, Discrimination & Race Relations, Civil Rights, Civics & Citizenship
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    Nov 2011
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    Jan 2008
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    May 2007
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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.

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Contributor Notes

Andrew M. Robinson is an assistant professor of contemporary studies and political science at Wilfrid Laurier University.

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