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During the last decade, in many countries, parties led by populist authoritarian ring-wing leaders have grown in popularity. This new era of politics is resulting in calls for eradication of minority groups’ rights becoming stronger than ever. Whilst the calls to eradicate number of rights along various axes: gender, sexuality and race vary, the anti-immigration calls, appear to be unanimous. Given this context, this paper will focus on examining cultural rights in multicultural settings. I argue that proposals for cultural rights are imperative in the pursuits for a just society. Culturally diverse states and governments have proposed multicultural policies to secure cultural rights. This has been influenced by a number of cultural rights protagonists. Their claims for cultural rights and the implications that stem from these will be critically analysed in this paper. In this paper, I examine cultural rights that are based on liberal grounds. For the purposes of summarising some of the main rationales, this paper’s discussion will only include culturalist literature on ‘differentiated citizenship’ and ‘societal culture’ proposals. Here I include Iris Marion Young’s (2000; 1989) arguments within the differentiated citizenship proposals and discuss Will Kymlicka’s (2000; 1995) arguments within both proposals. The differentiated citizenship promotes that special rights are granted to the marginalised groups so that these are on a level-field with the privileged groups. Societal cultures give us the skills and understandings which allow us to operate as autonomous, free and equal agents. I argue that proposals for differentiated citizenship and societal culture are important and require consideration, but in our quest for a more just society, the claims of the members of the cultural groups demanding multicultural accommodation require additional recognition. Acknowledging challenges to the theoretical platform for cultural rights; namely, liberalism, in this paper I advocate for the politics of recognition approach. I focus on Charles Taylor’s (1994) politics of recognition since he promotes recognition as a rights-based approach. Acknowledging some of its inadequacies, I promote the politics of recognition as important in providing an inclusive dialogue that appreciates the depth of cultural diversity.

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Snjezana Bilic 3740
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