All major western countries today contain groups that differ in their religious beliefs and customary practices. How should public policy respond to this diversity? In this important new work, Brian Barry challenges the currently orthodox answer and develops a powerful restatement of an egalitarian liberalism for the twenty-first century.
Brian Barry is Arnold A. Saltzman Professor, Department of Political Science and Department of Philosophy, Columbia University and Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the London School of Economics.
Preface. PART I: MULTICULTURALISM AND EQUAL TREATMENT. Chapter One: Introduction. Losing Our Way. The Flight from Enlightenment. A Brief Overview. Chapter Two: The Strategy Of Privatization. Cultural Diversity. Privatization and Pluralism. Equal Treatment. The Rule--and--Exemption Approach. A Pragmatic Case For Exemptions. Culture And Job Descrimination. Chapter Three: The Dynamics of Identity: Assimilation, Acculturation and Difference. Vive la DiffUrence?. Liberalism and the a Ideal Of Assimilationa . Assimilation: Good, Bad or Indifferent?. Varieties of National Identity. National Identity in Practice. The Dodoa s Dictum. The a Myth of Merita . Language and Opportunity. PART II: MULTICULTURALISM AND GROUPS. Chapter Four: Theories Of Group Rights. The Concept Of A Group Right. Liberalism And Autonomy. Liberalism And Diversity. Cultural Relativism And Toleration. Outline Of A Theory Of Group Rights. Chapter Five: Liberalism And Illiberal Religions. The Claims Of Free Association. An Alternative Approach. The Limits of Toleration. In Defence Of a Asymmetrya . The Amish And The State. Are Amish Communities Voluntary Associations?. Chapter Six: The Public Stake in the Arts and Education. The Limits of Laissez--Faire. Can Liberalism Cope With Children?. The Locus Of Decision--Making. Functional Education. Education For Living. Societal Interests In Education. Multicultural Education. Parental Rights In Education. PART III: MULTICULTURALISM AND EGALITARIANISM. Chapter Seven: The Abuse Of a Culturea . a Ita s Part Of My Culturea . Up The Creek In The Black Canoe. The Equal Value Of Vultures. Does Equal Treatment Require Equal Value?. The Limits Of Conventionalism. The Limits Of Universalism. Chapter Eight: The Politics Of Multiculturalism. The Curious Political Success Of Multiculturalism. Multiculturalism Versus Democracy. If Multiculturalism Is The Answer, What Was The Question?. Multiculturalism Versus Equality. Notes. Index