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Surak, Kristin (2017) 'At the Margins of Multiculturalism: Assessing Kymlicka’s Liberal Multiculturalism in Japan.' Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, 23 (2). pp. 227-239.

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Will Kymlicka's theories of multiculturalism have gained wide interest in the West but only recently have been applied beyond it. This research note assesses whether a Kymlickian approach provides traction for grasping the configuration of nondominant ethnic groupings in Japan and how they have achieved a degree of multicultural recognition. It first identifies equivalents and exceptions within the Japanese case to Kymlicka's key groupings: national minorities, indigenous peoples, immigrants, and metics. It then shows that of these, the last two drove the expansion of multicultural rights. Finally, it examines why they launched claims within a multicultural framework and assess the limits of the multicultural claims for bolstering the rights of subordinate groups.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Politics and International Studies
ISSN: 15572986
Copyright Statement: © 2017 Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Nationalism and Ethnic Politics on 09 May 2017, available online:
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Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2017 08:31

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