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Routledge Handbook of Constitutional Law by Cheryl Saunders, Thomas Fleiner, Mark Tushnet

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13Minority rights

Solomon Dersso and Francesco Palermo

13.1 Introduction: recognition and evolution of minority rights

Ours is the time of multiculturalism. While largely homogenous societies are becoming ethnically diverse, with rising identity consciousness of groups, the diversity of multi-ethnic societies is becoming more pronounced. Amid this resurgence of ethnic consciousness and the spread of democratic changes during the post-Cold War period, claims for recognition and inclusion are increasing across the globe. In its dramatic manifestations, this has taken the form of violent ethnic conflicts, ranging from those involving the inclusion of diverse racial groups as in South Africa to longstanding religious tensions in Northern Ireland; ...

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