3the only concerns of political and civil justice and that economic justice has been excluded, but for the purpose of this paper these are the main areas of interest. The most important and fundamentalelements of all these conceptions is that the individual is the ultimate unit of concern and that theyare concerned with the scope more than the content of these rights (meaning globally applying to allas individuals).
It is necessary here to outline the people who are to be considered “minority cultures”.While ethnic, linguistic and religious groups can all be considered collective cultures in varyingdegrees, the primary concern here is with ethnic groups that constitute a strong societal culturewithin their group.
This culture shall be defined as:a culture which provides its members with meaningful ways of life across the fullrange of human activities, including social, educational, religious, recreational, andeconomic life, encompassing both public and private spheres. These cultures tend to be territorially concentrated, and based on a shared language.
For example, the North American indian tribes are groups fitting this description. As noted before,other groups could fall into the vain of having a “strong societal culture” such as religious groups,however, the focus is on ethnic groups because they are uniquely concrete.
A jewish person mayconvert to islam, however a native American person cannot convert to being asian or white. Thuswhile being part of a religious group may influence many areas of one's life, the focus shall be onethnic cultures given that this point of identity is immovable (though this is not to suggest a jewishindividual would be so willing to convert to islam just because it is feasible). The following shalltouch upon why majority cultures are excluded here before refocusing on why preserving the rightsof minority cultures as collective units and as well as individuals is of importance.5 Caney, Simon. Pg 1526 Hartney, Michael. "Some Confusions Concerning Collective Rights."
The Rights of MinorityCultures
. By Will Kymlicka. Oxford: Oxford Univ., 2007. 202-27. Print. Pg 204-2057 Kymlicka, Will.
Multicultural Citizenship: A Liberal Theory of Minority Rights
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