The limits of liberal justice: Normative constraints on multicultural policies and indigenous policies in Australia

Antal, Ildiko Barbara (2006). The limits of liberal justice: Normative constraints on multicultural policies and indigenous policies in Australia PhD Thesis, School of History, Philosophy, Religion, and Classics, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Antal, Ildiko Barbara
Thesis Title The limits of liberal justice: Normative constraints on multicultural policies and indigenous policies in Australia
School, Centre or Institute School of History, Philosophy, Religion, and Classics
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2006
Thesis type PhD Thesis
Supervisor Ian Hunter
Total pages 282
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subjects L
430101 History - Australian
780199 Other
Abstract/Summary This thesis examines the question of the extent to which theories of citizenship, especially as developed in political liberalism, help to formulate an understanding of cultural diversity in relation to political stability and justice. Taking the recent debates over liberal and communitarian political philosophy as the object of inquiry, it explores the social and political character of multiculturalism and indigenous rights movements in Australia’s political culture. The principal aim is to establish that political liberalism provides appropriate political and ethical norms for adjudicating multicultural and indigenous rights claims. Thus, the exposition is twofold: first the thesis explores the concepts of justice as fairness as expounded in Rawlsian political liberalism. Second it applies the Rawlsian perspective to analyse the implications of multiculturalism and indigenous politics for the Australian liberal state. Interpreted in the light of the problems of contemporary patterns of pluralism, Rawls’ theory demonstrates the necessity and desirability of applying justice as fairness to the ‘special rights’ challenges confronting Western liberal states, including Australia.

 
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