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Emblems of Pluralism: Cultural Differences and the State (Cultural Lives of Law)

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From outlawing polygamy and mandating public education to protecting the rights of minorities, the framing of group life by the state has been a subject of considerable interest and controversy throughout the history of the United States. The subject continues to be important in many countries. This book deals with state responses to cultural difference through the examination of a number of encounters between individuals, groups, and the state, in the United States and elsewhere. The book opens the concepts of groups and the state, arguing for the complexity of their relations and interpenetrations.

Carol Weisbrod draws on richly diverse historical and cultural material to explore various structures that have been seen as appropriate for adjusting relations between states and internal groups. She considers the experience of the Mormons, the Amish, and Native Americans in the United States, the Mennonites in Germany, and the Jews in Russia to illustrate arrangements and accommodations in different times and places. The Minorities Treaties of the League of Nations, political federalism, religious exemptions, nonstate schools, and rules about adoption are among the mechanisms discussed that sustain cultural difference and create frameworks for group life, and, finally, individual life. At bottom, Emblems of Pluralism concerns not only relations between the state and groups, public and private, but also issues of identity and relations between the self and others.

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"This is an impressive, at times magisterial, book. It provides an unusually sophisticated argument about relations among groups, the state, and law. Forging connections among subjects usually left unconnected, Weisbrod brings together the vertical and horizontal dimensions of the argument about cultural difference and the law. She provides a compelling read and a panoramic view of what she calls the 'negotiation of social uncertainties' that is at the heart of the question of pluralism."--Austin Sarat, author of When the State Kills

"Emblems of Pluralism is an imaginative and thought-provoking study. Weisbrod sensitively examines differing views of the relationship between the state and the groups and communities that shape our experience of everyday life. Navigating between prominent and obscure historical figures and between landmark Supreme Court decisions and little-known cases, this important book challenges the reader to reconsider conventional ideas about pluralism and the law."--David Engel, Director, Christopher Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy, SUNY Buffalo

Synopsis:

From outlawing polygamy and mandating public education to protecting the rights of minorities, the framing of group life by the state has been a subject of considerable interest and controversy throughout the history of the United States. The subject continues to be important in many countries. This book deals with state responses to cultural difference through the examination of a number of encounters between individuals, groups, and the state, in the United States and elsewhere. The book opens the concepts of groups and the state, arguing for the complexity of their relations and interpenetrations.

Carol Weisbrod draws on richly diverse historical and cultural material to explore various structures that have been seen as appropriate for adjusting relations between states and internal groups. She considers the experience of the Mormons, the Amish, and Native Americans in the United States, the Mennonites in Germany, and the Jews in Russia to illustrate arrangements and accommodations in different times and places. The Minorities Treaties of the League of Nations, political federalism, religious exemptions, nonstate schools, and rules about adoption are among the mechanisms discussed that sustain cultural difference and create frameworks for group life, and, finally, individual life. At bottom, Emblems of Pluralism concerns not only relations between the state and groups, public and private, but also issues of identity and relations between the self and others.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

PART ONE: Monumental Federalism

1. Owen in America: Ambiguities in the Concept of the Federal System 17

2. Indians and Individualists: A Multiplicity of Sovereignties 30

3. An Imperium in Imperio: The Mormon Empire and Later Developments 46

4. Another Yoder Case: The Separatist Community and the Dissenting Individual 65

5. Melting Pots and Pariah Peoples 80

PART TWO: The Peaceable Kingdom

6. Theoreticians: Questions Left Open 101

7. The Minority Treaties of the League of Nations 119

8. The Debate over Education: Truth, Peace, Citizenship 138

9. Children and Groups: Problems in Fact and in Theory 157

10. Negotiating the Frameworks: The Problem of the Sensitive Citizen 178

Conclusion 203

Index 211

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691089256
Author:
Weisbrod, Carol
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton, N.J.
Subject:
General
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Constitutional
Subject:
State, the
Subject:
Sociological jurisprudence
Subject:
Pluralism
Subject:
Politics and culture
Subject:
Culture and law.
Subject:
Jurisprudence
Subject:
Political Science and International Relations
Subject:
Sociology
Subject:
Cultural pluralism
Subject:
Law | Constitutional Law
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Cultural Lives of Law
Series Volume:
107-249
Publication Date:
September 2002
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Pages:
232
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 12 oz

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"Synopsis" by , "This is an impressive, at times magisterial, book. It provides an unusually sophisticated argument about relations among groups, the state, and law. Forging connections among subjects usually left unconnected, Weisbrod brings together the vertical and horizontal dimensions of the argument about cultural difference and the law. She provides a compelling read and a panoramic view of what she calls the 'negotiation of social uncertainties' that is at the heart of the question of pluralism."--Austin Sarat, author of When the State Kills

"Emblems of Pluralism is an imaginative and thought-provoking study. Weisbrod sensitively examines differing views of the relationship between the state and the groups and communities that shape our experience of everyday life. Navigating between prominent and obscure historical figures and between landmark Supreme Court decisions and little-known cases, this important book challenges the reader to reconsider conventional ideas about pluralism and the law."--David Engel, Director, Christopher Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy, SUNY Buffalo

"Synopsis" by , From outlawing polygamy and mandating public education to protecting the rights of minorities, the framing of group life by the state has been a subject of considerable interest and controversy throughout the history of the United States. The subject continues to be important in many countries. This book deals with state responses to cultural difference through the examination of a number of encounters between individuals, groups, and the state, in the United States and elsewhere. The book opens the concepts of groups and the state, arguing for the complexity of their relations and interpenetrations.

Carol Weisbrod draws on richly diverse historical and cultural material to explore various structures that have been seen as appropriate for adjusting relations between states and internal groups. She considers the experience of the Mormons, the Amish, and Native Americans in the United States, the Mennonites in Germany, and the Jews in Russia to illustrate arrangements and accommodations in different times and places. The Minorities Treaties of the League of Nations, political federalism, religious exemptions, nonstate schools, and rules about adoption are among the mechanisms discussed that sustain cultural difference and create frameworks for group life, and, finally, individual life. At bottom, Emblems of Pluralism concerns not only relations between the state and groups, public and private, but also issues of identity and relations between the self and others.

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