Minority Rights: Between Diversity and Community
December 2005, Polity
In this path-breaking book, Jackson Preece analyses whether traditional minority rights theory is sufficiently dynamic to inform effective responses to modern challenges. The central premise behind minority rights is that groups recognized and supported by the political community are far less likely to challenge its authority or threaten its territorial integrity. However, as Jackson Preece shows, the potential for collisions of values and interests still exists, and the possibility of a permanent solution to the problem of diversity remains illusive.
Minority Rights will be an indispensable resource for students and scholars of political science, international relations, law, and sociology.
List of Abbreviations.
1. Understanding the 'Problem Minorities.
6. Beyond the 'Problem of Minorities'?.
Appendix A: Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging.
to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities.
Appendix B: Selected Documents.
- Offer a concise introduction to this controversial and growing area of study and debate.
- Explores the ways in which minorities are constructed through religion, race, language and ethnicity.
- Draws on a range of contemporary examples from across the world.
- Brings a uniquely rich and varied experience to bear on contemporary debates about how minorities may be accommodated in modern politics.
Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism
"This is an important book. At a time when western societies are becoming increasingly polarised between those who urge the virtues of milticulturalism and those who fear that our values are being undermined and our security threatened by the presence of minorities, we badly need a careful and clear-headed appraisal of minority rights and the dilemmas that they pose. Jennifer Jackson Preece is to be congratulated on providing us with just such an account."
James Mayall, University of Cambridge