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The Cultural Defense of Nations: A Liberal…

The Cultural Defense of Nations: A Liberal Theory of Majority Rights… (edition 2016)

by Liav Orgad (Author)

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Title:The Cultural Defense of Nations: A Liberal Theory of Majority Rights (Oxford Constitutional Theory)
Authors:Liav Orgad (Author)
Info:Oxford University Press (2016), Edition: 1, 304 pages
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The Cultural Defense of Nations: A Liberal Theory of Majority Rights (Oxford Constitutional Theory) by Li ơav Orgad

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In this sophisticated and timely book, Orgad (Interdisciplinary Center, Israel) poses a significant challenge to prevailing liberal theories of the state and immigration by arguing for a majoritarian, cultural defense of global migration. While writing from within the liberal tradition, Orgad argues that contemporary liberalism provides solutions that only exacerbate current domestic and international tensions. The amalgamation of lenient immigration policies and the retention of national cultures is the gravamen of the work. For the author, “managing global migration” denotes one of the greatest challenges to liberal theory (p. 49). The first half of the book is devoted to an analysis of the current international immigration situation, with an emphasis on the extraordinary nature of the issue in contemporary society and politics. Accordingly, the dynamic and ever-changing dimensions of global migration, especially between majority and minority groups, require scholars of international relations and political theory to envision new solutions. Religious, cultural, and political methods for confronting public hysteria related to immigration are presented with great clarity. The second half of the tome serves as a guide for differentiating between “justifiable and unjustifiable” defenses of the liberal state.
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The changing patterns of contemporary immigration have initiated a new form of majority nationalism. In recent years, liberal democracies have introduced immigration and citizenship policies that are designed to defend the majority culture. This trend is fed by fears of immigration-some justified, some paranoid-which explain the rise of extreme right-wing parties in the West. Liberal theory and human rights law seem to be out of sync with these developments. While they recognize the rights of minority groups to maintain their cultural identity, it is typically assumed that majority groups have neither a need for similar rights nor a moral basis for defending them. The majority culture, so the argument goes, "can take care of itself." This singular book shifts the focus from the prevailing discussion of minority rights and, for the first time, directly addresses the cultural rights of majorities. The findings reveal a troubling trend in liberal democracies, which, ironically, in order to protect liberal values, violate the very same values. The book criticizes this state of affairs and presents a liberal theory of cultural defense that distinguishes between justifiable and unjustifiable attempts by majorities to protect their cultural essentials. It formulates liberal standards by which liberal states can welcome immigrants without fundamentally changing their cultural heritage, forsaking their liberal traditions, or slipping into extreme nationalism.

The Cultural Defense of Nations presents a timely, thought-provoking thesis on one of the most pressing issues of our time-immigrants, majority groups, and national identity.

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