Multiculturalism by Liberal Law: The Empowerment of Gays and Muslims

Joppke, Christian Georg (2017). Multiculturalism by Liberal Law: The Empowerment of Gays and Muslims. European Journal of sociology, 58(1), pp. 1-32. Cambridge University Press 10.1017/S0003975617000017

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There has been much talk about the retreat or even death of multiculturalism. Much of this discussion confounds multiculturalism with explicit policy under that name. I argue in this paper that liberal law itself, in particular majority-constraining constitutional law, requires multiculturalism, understood as multiple ways of life that cannot and should not be contained by a state that is to be neutral about individuals’ ultimate values and commitments. The workings of legal multiculturalism are demonstrated through a comparison of benchmark jurisprudence on gays in America and Muslims in Europe. An interesting difference is that for Muslims, liberal law has also functioned as constraint, not only as resource, especially in the post-2001 period of heightened integration concerns.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Sociology

UniBE Contributor:

Joppke, Christian Georg

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

ISSN:

0003-9756

Publisher:

Cambridge University Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Marlène Breidenbach

Date Deposited:

20 Jun 2018 11:46

Last Modified:

20 Jun 2018 11:46

Publisher DOI:

10.1017/S0003975617000017

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Multiculturalism; Liberalism; Constitutionalism; Gay rights; Religious rights; Muslims; United States; Western Europe

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.114523

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/114523

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