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Identity conflicts, human rights and the crisis of multiculturalism in Europe: from politics to the courts

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dc.contributor.author Torbisco Casals, Neus
dc.contributor.other Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Departament de Ciències Polítiques i Socials
dc.date.accessioned 2014-10-20T09:00:24Z
dc.date.available 2014-10-20T09:00:24Z
dc.date.issued 2014-10-20
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/22739
dc.description.abstract Across Europe, courts play a central role in dealing with identity-driven conflicts across entrenched socio-cultural divides. Many of these controversies are seemingly religious disputes, involving the interpretation of individual rights. Judges are presented with what they see as a familiar legal challenge of demarcating the legitimate exercise of rights and assessing the grounds for accommodating or restricting a given expression. Yet, there is much more at stake in these disputes. This paper traces the so-called ‘crisis of multiculturalism’ in the rhetoric and political practice in many countries highlighting its influence in the tendency to seek accommodation through litigation. It inquires into the prospects of this strategy, pointing out the limitations courts face when dealing with identity conflicts pertaining to minority groups traditionally disadvantaged in mainstream political processes. The paper cautiously concludes that a shift towards more participatory political processes can foster the understanding necessary for mitigating identity conflicts.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartofseries GRITIM working papers series;21
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dc.subject.other Multiculturalisme -- Europa
dc.subject.other Pluralisme (Ciències Socials) -- Europa
dc.subject.other Drets humans -- Europa
dc.title Identity conflicts, human rights and the crisis of multiculturalism in Europe: from politics to the courts
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