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Liberal theories have lengthy insisted that cultural range in democratic societies could be accommodated via classical liberal instruments, specifically via person rights, they usually have usually rejected the claims of cultural minorities for team rights as intolerant. workforce Rights as Human Rights argues that the sort of rejection is inaccurate. in response to a radical research of the concept that of workforce rights, it proposes to beat the dominant dichotomy among "individual" human rights and "collective" workforce rights by means of spotting that crew rights additionally serve person pursuits. It additionally demanding situations the declare that staff rights, so understood, clash with the liberal precept of neutrality; to the contrary, those rights aid discover the neutrality perfect as they counter cultural biases that exist in Western states. team rights should be categorised as human rights simply because they reply to primary, and morally vital, human pursuits. interpreting the theories of Will Kymlicka and Charles Taylor as complementary instead of antagonistic, workforce Rights as Human Rights sees workforce rights as anchored either within the worth of cultural belonging for the improvement of person autonomy and in every one person’s want for a attractiveness of her identification. This double starting place has vital outcomes for the scope of staff rights: it highlights their capability not just in facing nationwide minorities but additionally with immigrant teams; and it permits to figure out how a ways such rights must also profit intolerant teams. Participation, no longer intervention, should still the following be the guideline if team rights are to gain the liberal promise.

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The concept of minority can be categorised as a contested concept, and the identification of the type of groups it refers to is fundamentally linked to the normative discussion over the need to protect certain communities. Therefore, both issues should be tackled together. In fact, the considerable scholarly efforts directed at clarifying the meaning of “minority” are not entirely disentangled from the normative debate, since they tend to presuppose a particular concept of group rights, if only implicitly.

However, as the next chapter argues, both categories of rights need not be seen as conflicting in this way. Note, in addition, that this dispute is not merely academic, since the alleged incompatibility between individual and group rights has some central implications for our social and political life. Fundamentally, it would make it impossible to argue coherently that the foundations of a society should be grounded on both categories of rights. Analogously to the extreme pictures prevalent in the liberalism vs.

See Halliday (1995, p. 156). For a 18 55 GROUP RIGHTS AS HUMAN RIGHTS critique of this view of human groups and cultures with fixed boundaries as based on faulty epistemological premises and a reductionist sociology of culture, see Benhabib (2002, pp. 3–5). For further objections to the invocation of the word “culture” in order to speak of us “the West” and the others “the East,” see Appiah (2005, p. 254). That is why, despite the topical character of this debate, it is difficult to find references to this expression in philosophical encyclopedias or in the theories of rights articulated by philosophers.

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