Rethinking the Sense of Belonging of Ethnocultural Minorities through Reasonable Accommodations in a Liberal Perspective

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Abstract

A version of liberalism sees the accommodation of cultural and religious beliefs of minority ethnocultural groups as a norm of justice. However, such a policy is said to contribute to a fear of social fragmentation and the dissolution of what is at the heart of the community's collective identity. This paper addresses this problem by showing from a theoretical perspective that the granting of accommodations to minority groups can be constructive to the creation of a sense of belonging, contrary to what certain detractors of multiculturalism argue.

LanguageEnglish
Pages588-603
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Intercultural Studies
Volume35
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2 2014
Externally publishedYes

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liberalism
multicultural society
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anxiety
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Reasonable Accommodation
Minority Groups
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Multiculturalism
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Religious Beliefs

Keywords

  • Belonging
  • Canadian Supreme Court
  • Discrimination
  • Liberal Multiculturalism
  • Multiculturalism
  • Political Liberalism
  • Quebec
  • Reasonable Accommodation

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  • Cultural Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • History

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