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Multiculturalism and policymaking in Africa

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The post-World War II period saw an emergence of new global ideologies encapsulated in human equality, which, in turn, triggered the rise of three waves of political movements challenging the primordial hierarchies of racial inequalities. These coincided with the de-colonisation era (between 1948 and 1965) with its civil rights movements against racial hierarchies and segregation led by African-American activists between 1955 and 1965. The emergence of multiculturalism then advocated for minority rights in the late 1960s. These movements revolutionised the early uncivil racial tradition, social stigmatisation and exclusion in politics and the economy, heralding a series of policies that promote liberal demo-cratic constitutionalism, citizenship and human rights (Kymlicka 2010). Multiculturalism focused on the rights of national minorities, indigenous peoples and immigrants in economic redistribution, political participation and cultural recognition (Banting and Kymlicka 2006).

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Published in: Routledge Handbook of Public Policy in Africa
License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0
See article on publisher's website: https://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781003143840-25

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Language

  • English

Publisher

Routledge

Publication Year

  • 2021

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This chapter is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License

Institution affiliated with

  • Hamad Bin Khalifa University
  • College of Public Policy - HBKU

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Africa

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