>On race and nationality

Posted: February 3, 2011 in civil rights, collective rights, equality, human rights

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Some thought provoking articles have been included at the bottom of this post. They’re most definitely worth reading by Cornish campaigners interested in informed debate on identity and multiculturalism.
I can’t speak for the whole Cornish movement but I think I’m safe in saying that the majority of nationalists want a culturally liberal society in which each citizen is free to celebrate his/her own identity without hindrance as long as this does not impinge on the freedom of others.
How could we want anything else in a world of such cultural fluidity where people and ideas are constantly crossing borders? How could I want anything different having mixed nationality parents, being in a mixed nationality couple myself and living outside the Duchy?
Even if it were possible, would anybody seriously want a mono-cultural Cornwall?
In parallel one of the Cornish movements primary aims must also be to ensure a secure future for indigenous Cornish culture. A fully devolved Cornish curriculum in schools for example is a must. From the last of the listed articles below I’ll quote the following as pointer to the complexity of the situation before us:
It touches upon some of the big binaries in public policy and sociological analysis: universalism vs cultural relativism; individual vs collective rights; rights vs culture… and so on. This is often reduced to a question of how to ‘balance’ rights and culture
A situation in Cornwall even more complex due to the Cornish being a minority themselves. How best do you integrate new arrivals -new minorities- into a territory inhabited by an old -national- minority? Happy reading and all comments would be welcome.




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