By NEUS TORBISCO CASALS (eds.)
Liberal theories have lengthy insisted that cultural range in democratic societies may be accommodated via classical liberal instruments, specifically via person rights, and so they have frequently rejected the claims of cultural minorities for crew rights as intolerant. workforce Rights as Human Rights argues that this type of rejection is erroneous. according to a radical research of the idea that of workforce rights, it proposes to beat the dominant dichotomy among "individual" human rights and "collective" staff rights through spotting that team rights additionally serve person pursuits. It additionally demanding situations the declare that staff rights, so understood, clash with the liberal precept of neutrality; to the contrary, those rights aid notice the neutrality excellent as they counter cultural biases that exist in Western states. crew rights need to be categorised as human rights simply because they reply to basic, and morally very important, human pursuits. analyzing the theories of Will Kymlicka and Charles Taylor as complementary instead of antagonistic, crew Rights as Human Rights sees workforce rights as anchored either within the worth of cultural belonging for the advance of person autonomy and in each one person’s want for a attractiveness of her id. This double beginning has very important effects for the scope of staff rights: it highlights their capability not just in facing nationwide minorities but additionally with immigrant teams; and it permits to figure out how a long way such rights also needs to gain intolerant teams. Participation, now not intervention, should still right here be the guideline if crew rights are to achieve the liberal promise.
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Hence, in any event, we would still need to assess different types of demands raised by different kinds of minorities. In this sense, any attempt to identify the relevant groups on the basis of elements common to all groups, whatever they might be, appears incoherent. ” Consequently, the argument that certain groups should enjoy special protection requires additional reasoning. Acknowledging this point is a first step to understanding the inadequacy of the dominant approach. This approach insists on the existence of two different problems.
Furthermore, the notion of minority is vague as well and, as a result, the characteristics of the sort of collective that is of interest for the previous discussion remain unclear. To a significant extent, these conceptual issues shape the different positions in the philosophical discussion about minority rights. ” On the other hand, as far as the notion of group rights is concerned, collectivists and individualists disagree upon whether or not a minority—or any other social group—can be said to possess moral interests, as this is commonly regarded as 19 N.
If we raise this question, however, the debate over the definition of minority becomes closely linked to the issue of minority rights. Indeed, rather than exploring the meaning of the term “minority” per se, legal and political theorists are mainly interested in justifying the protection of some groups (identified by certain characteristics) over others. In this sense, by specifying certain elements as essential to the definition of minority they aim at delimiting the scope in which the normative debate over group rights should take place.