Single Idea 23380

[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / D. Ideologies / 6. Liberalism / f. Multiculturalism]

Full Idea

On the view of 'differentiated citizenship', members of certain groups would be incorporated into the community, not only as individuals, but also through the group, and their rights would depend in part on their group membership.

Gist of Idea

Some individuals can gain citizenship as part of a group, rather than as mere individuals


Will Kymlicka (Contemporary Political Philosophy (2nd edn) [2002], 8)

Book Reference

Kymlicka,Will: 'Contemporary Political Philosophy (2nd ed)' [OUP 2002], p.329

A Reaction

This is obviously a strategy to enable marginalised individuals to be fully included in society. The downside is that individuals gain their social identity through a label, rather than through themselves, which pure liberals dislike. 'Identity politics'.

Related Ideas

Idea 23376 Modern non-discrimination obliges modern citizens to treat each other as equals [Kymlicka]

Idea 23382 Rights derived from group membership are opposed to the idea of state citizenship [Kymlicka]