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Survey Article: Multiculturalism As Fairness: Will Kymlicka's Multicultural Citizenship, Chandran Kukathas Jan 2002

Survey Article: Multiculturalism As Fairness: Will Kymlicka's Multicultural Citizenship, Chandran Kukathas

Research Collection School of Social Sciences

According to Will Kymlicka's book Multicultural Citizenship: A LiberalTheory of Minority Rights, `the liberal ideal is a society of free and equalindividuals'.1 But what, he goes on to ask, is the relevant `society'? The answer hesays most people would give is `their nation'. `The sort of freedom and equalitythey most value, and can make use of is freedom and equality within their ownsocietal culture'. Indeed, most people `are willing to forgo a wider freedom andequality to ensure the continued existence of their nation' (93). Thus few favouropen borders which allow people freely to settle, work and vote in ...