State-mediated “hierarchy of diversities” and the freedom of individual self-identification: Towards a dynamic liberal model of muticulturalism

  title={State-mediated “hierarchy of diversities” and the freedom of individual self-identification: Towards a dynamic liberal model of muticulturalism},
  author={Alek D. Epstein},
  journal={Journal of Comparative Social Welfare},
  • A. Epstein
  • Published 1999
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Comparative Social Welfare
Abstract The contemporary choice is between society structured as a set of ethnically determined communities and the liberal society, which acknowledges the uniqueness of each individual as well as his/her personal way of self-identification. There are two points which are extremely important in the discussion: first, no culture is ever homogeneous, and co-existence of different streams is an inevitable feature of social reality; second, culture contributes to action not by supplying the… 

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