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By Will Kymlicka

Citizenship and variety were significant themes of discussion over the past decade. yet those subject matters were principally mentioned in mutual isolation. This booklet examines the categorical issues of clash and convergence among matters for citizenship and variety in democratic societies and reasseses and refines present theories of "diverse citizenship" in mild of tangible practices and regulations of pluralistic democracies.

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All forms of black association, except Christian churches, were illegal). The situation of African Americans, therefore, is virtually unique, although the use of 'race' to define subordinate groups is certainly more common. Given their distinctive situation, it is widely accepted that they will also have distinctive demands which cannot be captured by either the immigrant model of integration or the national minority model of self-government, although they may draw elements from both. 6. Classifying Ways of Respecting Diversity As we have seen, different sorts of groups have different histories, needs, aspirations, and identities; and these differences influence the sorts of claims that they tend to make on the state.

Religious groups. There are many ways one could distinguish religious groups for the sake of clarifying questions about special rights. Given the discussions in this volume it makes sense to distinguish what we call isolationist and non-isolationist religious communities. (f) Isolationist religious groups. Whereas most immigrants wish to participate in the larger society, there are some small immigrant groups that voluntarily isolate themselves from the larger society and avoid participating in politics or civil society.

2. Assistance to do things the majority (or otherwise privileged group) can do unassisted. Assistance rights are also a familiar feature on the landscape of most liberal democracies. Often justified on grounds of equality in the face 26 WILL KYMLICKA AND WAYNE NORMAN of special disadvantages, they are routinely accorded to members of 'noncultural' groups, such as the mentally or physically disabled, and cultural groups alike—most controversially in the form of affirmative-action policies. In this volume three very different sorts of assistance rights are defended on grounds of both equality and citizenship.

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