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Ethnic Identity and Minority Protection

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Preface Part I: Stories of Designation Chapter One: Balkan Tales Part II: A Theory of Injustice Chapter Two: Injustice Trumps Justice Part III: Group Types Chapter Three: The Problems of Race Chapter Four: Ethnicity, An Outsider's View Chapter Five: Minorities Defined Chapter Six: Citizenship as a Weapon Part Four: Institutions and Solutions Chapter Seven: The Judiciary versus the Legislature Chapter Eight: The United Nations on Minorities Chapter Nine: Remedial Secession Part Five: Case Studies Chapter Ten: Malays in Malaysia, South Africa, and the Philippines Part Six: Stories of Brutalization Chapter Eleven: Hate Debates Bibliography Index About the Author

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Thomas W. Simon is professor of international law at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, Nanjing University, China.


In Ethnic Identity and Minority Protection: From Designation to Brutalization, Thomas Simon takes his stand with those philosophers who call for giving priority to identifying and removing injustices over formulating and implementing standards of justice. Simon addresses problems that have only recently started to attract the attention of philosophers, and he shows that that attention is needed and overdue. In a discussion rich in examples from recent history, current events, and the author's own personal experiences, Simon reflects on the lamentable harms imposed on a wide range of disadvantaged groups, ethnic, racial, national, and political. Going beyond familiar designations, he finds troubling aspects regarding groupings that are rarely seen as problematic, e.g., citizens. Simon takes a hard and critical look at the institutions currently tasked with protecting groups against injustice, and explores their failures. He argues for greater recourse to judicial solutions because of courts' ability to protect minorities from majority oppression. He catalogues the shortcomings of numerous United Nations organizations, but points as well to the successes of the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This book combines passion and argument, moving narratives and insightful philosophical and legal analysis. It identifies problems and defends solutions. It could sensitize readers to the way groups are seen and the way they are treated. It might well contribute to a reduction in the targeting of groups for violence and abuse. -- Jeffrey Reiman, American University; coauthor of The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison A very powerful book! This is political philosophy as it should be taught, written, and practiced. -- James P. Sterba, professor, University of Notre Dame [Tom Simon] has written an excellent and very readable book. I find myself in agreement with practically all of his arguments. The book is full of excellent and informative examples of minority group harm. . . . I found this book to be extremely well written and argued. And it provides many interesting examples of the issues Simon discusses. I heartily recommend this book for both a classroom text and personal enlightenment. * Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics *

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